In addition to a strong academic foundation, the PEP Program looks to instill in its students character, leadership, and civic responsibility. To this end, PEP students are annually required to complete community service hours.
The PEP program maintains relationships with many local organizations – including the Summit Area YMCA, The Connection, SAGE ElderCare and Bridges Outreach Inc. – through which students can meet their community service obligation. While working in these environments, PEP students hone traits such as selflessness, empathy, and a sense that they can contribute to the overall good of their community.
As members of The PEP Program, students must complete 20 hours of community service at the middle school level, and 30 at the high school level. Post secondary students who receive PEP financial assistance also fulfill 20 hours of community service each year. Students can select from a variety of ways to give back to their community, and can meet their service obligation either through a group or individual setting.