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Community Engagement FAQs

Is Community Engagement a requirement at Phillips Academy?

The Community Engagement Program at Philips Academy is intentionally voluntary.  Participants choose their projects and their time commitments, and to help volunteers make these choices, information is available from any of the student coordinators and community engagement staff. Students who are involved in other extracurricular activities must make sure those commitments will not interfere with full involvement in their community engagement project. 

Since 2007, Phillips Academy has held Non Sibi Weekend, a community-wide weekend of awareness, action, and reflection. During this weekend, all students, teaching faculty, and administrative faculty participate in community engagement projects.

How do I sign up to participate?

Each term students have the opportunity to sign up for community engagement programs. Sign-ups take place over 2-3 days during the first week of the term.  To advertise sign-ups, the Community Engagement Office posts information about sign-ups on PANet and will send out an email to all students at the start of every term.

I’m really busy!  How do I fit community service into my schedule?

Students have a broad range of programs to choose from that vary in area of interest, time commitment, and day of the week.  We have a variety of projects that meet on weekends, evenings, or directly after school. Students can even participate in self-scheduling programs during their free periods or lunch periods during the school day.

I have a great idea for a new project. How do I start it?

Many of Phillips Academy's community engagement programs started out as student-led initiatives.  If you have an idea for a program that does not already exist on campus, we encourage you to be in touch with the Community Engagement Office to see if it will be possible to start a new program.