April 30, 2019
Jo Ann LeSage Nelson, APR.
Troy, N.Y. — The schools of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District are now able to provide Passport for Good, a software solution that captures community engagement for students, schools and community organizations, as a resource for their students, enabling them to create customized portfolios of their engagement in school clubs and events and the service they provide as volunteers in their community. The app also documents dozens of school requirements for experience outside the classroom, including community service, career and technical education and project-based learning.
Passport for Good is a web and mobile app that supports the whole student by encouraging and easily capturing community service, career development and participation in school and personal activities. Students are now able to build a non-academic transcript of their engagement hours, obtain electronic verification of the hours, and export their non-academic transcript for class/graduation requirements and college applications/scholarships.
For schools, use of Passport for Good saves time, eliminates paper tracking, and provides them with data on student engagement they have not had before. Schools can purchase the software through BOCES and receive state aid and support to successfully implement the service.
Gayle Farman, founder and president of Passport for Good, said, “It is exciting that the value we are providing for the whole student and for a positive school climate is being recognized by districts across New York State and now by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District. Using Passport for Good will enable the schools to measure the impact their students and the districts are having on the community and will assist students as they prepare for college or a career and their roles as responsible citizens of their communities.”
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District is one of the top performing school districts in the Capital Region. The district joins many others across New York State that utilize Passport for Good to encourage and measure student engagement.
About Passport for Good
Passport for Good supports the whole student and a positive school culture. It offers a first-in-class, subscription-based Software as a Service (SaaS) that encourages and captures community service, career development, and other activities to provide meaningful impact for individuals, organizations, and the community. An easy-to-use mobile application also assists non-profit organizations by allowing them to communicate their needs for volunteers. Passport for Good centralizes data, automates and verifies the community service experience, and aggregates data across individuals and events to allow organizations to demonstrate community impact and to enhance linkages between service learning, skill development, and academic and career exploration. For more information, visit www.passportforgood.com