Awards to Recognize Homeschoolers’ Volunteer Work and Citizenship

Does your homeschooled child do ongoing, occasional, weekend, or summer volunteer work?

Does your family do projects and take field trips to learn about the government, citizenship, and patriotism?

If so, your homeschooled child can earn awards for the activities you are probably already doing! Compass has been a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Awards since 2017. Beginning this spring, Compass is now awarding the American Citizenship Award to homeschooled students. New this year is that Compass will now be able to offer both of these award opportunities at no cost to homeschooled students throughout the metro-DC area. Because of grants received from a private foundation, others in the homeschool community can be recognized for their service and citizenship. Recipients no longer have to exclusively be enrolled at Compass.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) and the American Citizenship Award (ACA) can both be noteworthy recognitions on a student’s resume, and they can be used as credentials when a teen applies to college and for other selective awards and programs. The award year runs from September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2019, so there are still four months to get started. Homeschoolers can earn these awards year after year.

See the award web pages for detailed information on getting started, submitting your details, and receiving your award:

  • President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • American Citizenship Award
  • For more information on Compass, see