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National Junior Honor Society

National Junior Honor Society Application

Applications for National Junior Honor Society can be obtained from the grade level advisor (see below) or from your academic advisor.

Mrs. Torres for 8th grade

Ms. Barnaby for 7th grade

Ms. Carr for 6th grade after 1st semester 

Applicants may be 6th, 7th, or 8th graders.

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above with no D's or F's.

Applicants must show evidence of a strong moral character. This requires that a student applying has no U's, N's, or discipline points on his or her record.

National Junior Honor Society

We are so fortunate and proud to have so many high caliber students who have been selected to be a part of this prestigious program!  With such an honor, however, comes great responsibilities.

As part of his or her commitment to the National Junior Honor Society, your child should begin working on his/her community service hours.  The NJHS students will be required to complete 7.5 hours of community service per quarter for a total of 15 hours per semester. Hours will be turned in to advisors at the end of each semester (End of January and end of May).

A student can apply ten summer service hours to the first semester to get a head start on accumulating hours.

A list of pre-approved volunteer organizations is included here.  If you are interested in completing a community service activity not included on the volunteer list, please be sure to get pre-approval from your grade level advisor. *Note: Student hours used to fulfill requirements for one group, club, or society cannot be used to fulfill requirements in another group, club, or society; however, students who are part of 2 or more organizations do not have to complete more than 35 total hours per semester combined.

On the left hand side of this web page, you can click on and print out the oficial NJHS log sheets for logging your community service hours.

Marco Forster National Junior Honor Society Volunteer Guide for Students

Step One

Consider your interests and how you would like to serve and match them with the volunteer list below. Make sure you meet the organization’s minimum age requirement and whether they require you to bring an adult. Also, be sure you can get transportation from your parents or bus service to their agency.

Step Two

Call or email the organization, asking to speak to the volunteer coordinator. Introduce yourself and ask, "Are you still looking for volunteers to help your organization?" If he or she says yes, ask "Could you share what type of work I would do if I volunteered?" Then ask, "Could I visit your organization to see what it would be like to work there?" If they say yes, make an appointment and get directions to their location. Make sure you arrive for the appointment early. If you already know you want the position, and they offer it to you, ask them, "When can I start?" If they ask you to come in for an interview, then make an appointment and arrive early for it.

If the coordinator is not available, leave a message but speak slowly and clearly. Here is an example:

"Hi my name is ____ ,and I am a student at Marco Forster Middle School and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. I read about your organization, and I am interested in volunteer opportunities at your agency. I would appreciate it if you could call me back. I can be reached at (your phone number with area code) after (time when you are home). Thank you.” (If they don't call back in a couple of weekdays, try again.)

List of Pre-Approved Community Service Projects (On-Campus or within Walking Distance of Marco Forster):

After School Tutoring, Marco Forster

Dates: Monday through Thursday, 3:30 – 4:30

Students help other students with their homework and projects after school in the library and classrooms.  See Mrs. Smeltzer for more information.

Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley, San Juan Capistrano

Dates: Throughout the year including summer.   Age Minimum: 6thgrade    Skills needed - varies

Contact: Nicole Belair, 949 240-7898, ext. 19

Students may help with the tutoring program, sports programs, and with 5 and 6 year olds.  They may also be a “staff assistant” and organize games, run activities or whatever else is needed.

List of Pre-approved Community Service Opportunites (in San Juan or Dana Point):


Zero Trash Dana Point

Community trash pick-up. All ages welcome. Supplies provided. Contact: Stacey Shapero (949) 973-1457

First Saturday of Each Month.  Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Girl in the Curl - 34116 Pacific Coast Highway


Lion's Heart of San Juan Capistrano

This teen led service organization provides volunteer opportunities for students from 6th through 12th grade.

Contact: Mrs. Melissa Hodge (949) 280-7404


Halloween Haunt at Doheny State Beach at the end of October each year.

Contact Ashley Nelson to learn how you can serve at this event.


Operation Interdependence



Serra's Pantry




San Juan Capistrano Library

(949) 493-1762


Dana Point Library

Dates: Throughout the year, more in summer.  Contact: Chris Wright, 949 496-5517, ext. 3

Students may assist with shelving and arts and crafts.  In the summer, they may assist the children’s librarian during storytime.

Age Minimum: 6thgrade.   Skills needed – varies


Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, San Juan Capistrano

Contact: 949.240.8441, fill out volunteer form online.

The Lesson Volunteers work directly with the Instructors or Therapists to provide assistance prior to and during lessons. The main responsibilities include participating in the lesson by leading the horse or sidewalking. As a volunteer you must be able to commit to the same day and time for a full session. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to work outside with our clients and horses.

Lesson schedule:

Tuesdays: 10:00: through 11:00 am & 2:00 through 5:00 pm

Wednesdays: 10:00 through 11:00 am & 2:00 through 4:00 pm

Thursdays: 10:00 through 11:00 am & 2:00 through 5:00 pm

Fridays: 10:00 through 11:00 am & 2:00 through 4:00 pm

Saturdays: 9:00 through 11:00 am & 1:00 through 3:00 pm

  1. Volunteers must be 14 years of age.
  2. Be able to lift up to 20 lbs. i.e., a saddle.
  3. Be able to walk and jog on uneven ground.
  4. After training, be able to perform tasks with minimal supervision.
  5. Be able to accept constructive feedback.
  6. Be able to commit to a consistent volunteer schedule.
  7. Be willing to learn and follow The Shea Center's procedures.
  8. Dress in an appropriate and professional manner
  9. Horse knowledge and experience is helpful, but not necessary.
  10. Arrive no later than 30 minutes before your scheduled time.
  11. Assist staff with lesson preparation.
  12. Assist with barn and arena chores.
  13. Assist instructors and therapists by leading or sidewalking with riders.
  14. Perform miscellaneous tasks as assigned by staff.
  15. Attend continuing education opportunities.

Consistency is very important for the smooth running of our riding program. Therefore, we ask volunteers to have a regular schedule in the day(s) and hour(s) they volunteer per each 10-11 week session. Your dependability is essential.

Minimum age: 14.  No experience with horses necessary!


Orange County Animal Care Services

Dates: Throughout the year.  Contact: San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter, 949 492 1617

         Irvine Animal Care Center,                 949 724-5311

         Laguna Beach Animal Shelter,            949 497-3552

         City of Mission Viejo Animal Shelter,  949 470-3045

Students may hold community drives to collect items needed by the shelters.  Students may also make dog biscuits, fruit kabobs, veggie bundles, hay tubes, catnip toys, dog bandanas, kitty blankets, cat pounce toys, and doggie gifts bags for families who adopt a shelter dog. 

Go to this link to access recipes and directions to make toys:   

Students need to contact each shelter and ask what is needed at the time.  Also, make an appointment to deliver your items so that you can get your hours signed off.   Minimum age: 6thgrade.   Skills needed: Varies




List of Pre-approved Community Service Opportunites (Orange County):

Starr Ranch Weed Warriors, Coto De Caza

Contact: Sandy DeSimone at or 949 858 0309.

Volunteer work is done on select Saturday mornings, from 9am – 12pm.

Weekdays also available. Work will primarily take place in stream areas. Dress for outdoor work – long pants, close toed shoes, hat. Bring water and snacks. All weed control at Starr Ranch Sanctuary is non-chemical. Since the work is manual, we need your help!  Website:

Project Directions: We send directions to all Weed Warrior volunteers at least one week before their scheduled volunteer date. Internet and GPS directions will not work for the last part of the drive through Dove Canyon.

Age Minimum: 8 years (8-13 with adult).  Skills needed – N/A


City of Laguna Niguel Parks and Recreation

Students may volunteer for different events throughout the year.  Contact: 425-5100.

Fill out volunteer application online. 

Days and Hours

Volunteers must commit to serve for one week.

Rabbits (campers ages 3 ½ - 5 years): Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Squirrels (campers ages 5 ½ - 8 years): Monday - Friday, 8:30 am ­- 4:30 pm


FamiliesForward- Garden Beautification Project, Irvine

Contact Claudia Vazquez at (949) 552-2727

In this project, volunteers will do some gardening work. Volunteers will have a chance to make a big impact at Families Forward, and advance its core mission in supporting families in crisis.

  The project will include the following:

1. Rake and clean up/throw away leaves, weeds and any debris in all flowerbed areas.

2. Turn over the existing dirt and mix new mulch into the flowerbeds.

3. Space larger scrubs around the existing area and plant digging a large/dip enough hole for each plant.

4. Add any color bowl plants around the larger scrubs.

5. Add any top soil/mulch to the area.

6. Sweep and clean off the patio area of leaves and dirt.

7. Water down the patio area and plants.

Age Minimum (with Adult) -14

Skills needed – N/A