National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is a national organization that consists of many chapters in middle schools (grades 6-9). The National Junior Honor Society was founded in 1929 in the hopes of creating an organization that would recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. The ideals of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship remain as relevant today as they were in 1929.
Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Members are required to complete a minimum of 9 service hours each semester. Service activities must be documented on the Service Log and signed by a supervising adult who is NOT A FAMILY MEMBER.
Service activities must benefit the community (school, neighborhood, city, etc.).
Examples of activities that are NOT acceptable service activities:
- Activities in which the student is compensated in ANY way (i.e. money, gifts, objects, rewards, favors, etc.)
- Assisting family members (i.e. babysitting a sibling)
- Household chores
- Activities performed during school hours
- Activities that are required for a group or club (i.e. performing in a school concert, student ambassador, etc.)
- Activities that directly benefit a club or for-profit organization (i.e. fund-raising for a club)