Chalk it Up

A mobile digital platform which brings students and volunteers together with charities to facilitate the provision of community service.

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what is CHALK IT UP?

Chalk it Up facilitates the scheduling and monitoring of community service hours. It is driven by an interactive mobile app that is available for download on iOS and Android devices.

  • Its' primary aim is to assist school students to schedule and monitor their community service hours as required by the Department of Education for the curriculum of Life Orientation (“LO”).

  • The digital platform generates and facilitates support for accredited charities and nonprofit organisations in the form of “hours worked” or donations from volunteers. Making volunteering opportunities more accessible, it will also create awareness with and drive involvement and contributions from companies and active citizens.

  • Chalk it Up aligns itself with the 17 Global Goals for sustainable development to create a better world by 2030 by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change.

  • Chalk it Up provides simple educational tools and material for students to prepare them for life after school.

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The current manner in which opportunities for the completion of community service are identified, and the process of scheduling and logging of completed community service hours, is largely manual, cumbersome and ineffective.

IDENTIFY volunteering opportunities


Students, and by default their parents, are required to contact accredited charities (across various categories such as the disabled, children, senior citizens, animals etc.) and arrange times to accumulate community service hours as part of the compulsory LO curriculum. Usually they rely on the experience and recommendations from other parents or older students to obtain details of charities and activities. Schools sometimes provide limited information or guidelines to parents.


Not all charities have the resources to engage with schools or students to ensure that their needs are matched with the students’ availability or capability. Popular charities are often overbooked, especially during the end of the year when the deadline for students’ community service hours become due. There is currently no mobile digital platform through which all charities can list their organisation, create awareness and update information or manage their requests for assistance (either in volunteering opportunities or donations), as and when they are needed.


Some schools provide a list of popular charities or those located near the school, but this list is static and does not identify specific needs or list all potential community service opportunities. While community hours are required by the LO curriculum, this tends to be more a “tick-the-box” approach, rather than maximising the impact for the charity and the students.

SCHEDULING appointments


Students/parents are required to contact the charities themselves, usually via a phone call or email to arrange a suitable time to book their hours. This often falls to parents to schedule as they need to arrange these appointments to fit in with their own schedules and/or organise transport.


The charities are encouraged to utilise the help offered by these pupils by giving them various activities/chores. This requires administrative resources from the charity to communicate and schedule these appointments with the students/parents. Scheduling and managing the students and/or volunteers is haphazard at best and reliant on the resource capacity at each charity.



The charities sign the pupils’ community service hours form (often a paper template provided by the school) indicating the date and number of hours worked, the description of the activity and the details of the charity. Charities seldom keep a detailed register of students and/or volunteers and their hours. If the manual form is lost, it is very difficult to recreate and verify the hours.


The scheduling of appointments and subsequent confirmation of completed hours is an administrative challenge for most charities. It is a manual process which varies between charities, again dependent on resource constraints and administrative capabilities.


The manual sheets are captured by an administrator or teacher to combine and confirm hours per student. If hours are verified by either the school or independently, it is a manual and tedious task, with no guarantee of accuracy.

There is no continuity of reporting from 1 year to the next.

Schools rely on the students and parents to manage the community service hours required during a period. Typically there is no ongoing monitoring or reporting that would ensure meaningful community and charity engagement, and ensure that hours are not left to be completed in the last week before a deadline.


Chalk it Up has developed an interactive digital platform with a mobile app as the primary user interface. The platform allows charities to promote their work, request assistance in the form of hours (students and/or volunteers from the community) or donations (community or corporates). It lets users engage, schedule appointments, log and track completed hours and provides automated reporting to the users and 3rd parties (schools).

Chalk it Up therefore provides a simple and effective way for charities to promote themselves and manage their available hours. Students are easily able to identify charities, and book and record community service hours in an effective, orderly and consistent manner. Schools are provided a platform with which to effortlessly authenticate, record and report on students’ community service hours.

Once registered, the user’s information is always available and profiles can be reactivated at any time. If students are required to prove their community hours served (e.g. medical students, or for bursaries, or curriculum vitae), validated reports are always available. Access to information is unlimited and functionality is free to use for all registered users.


  • List of all charities with relevant details:
    • Categories (e.g. animals, senior citizens, orphans, environment etc.).
    • Contact details of charity and management.
    • Geographic locations.
    • Hours/slots available to assist.
    • Activities/type of help required (e.g. looking after children, reading to the elderly, cleaning storerooms/kitchens, tending to gardens, feeding animals, grooming animals etc.).
  • Automated booking of available times.
  • Automated recordal and reporting on community hours worked.
  • Educational tools and material aimed at preparing students for life after school.
  • Links to related social media platforms.
  • Marketing platform to promote the charity and the work they do.
  • Automated management of the available hours and the students and/or volunteers.
  • Digital approval of hours that students have worked.
  • Digital channel to provide feedback to students and schools.
  • Links to related social media platforms.
  • Historic repository of community service hours worked.
  • Automated monitoring and reporting of the hours worked for each student.


  • Many charities to choose from.
  • Ease of booking and liaising with the charity.
  • Assurance that the charity is accredited.
  • Digital capturing of community service hours worked.
  • Regular messaging on community hours served vs targets.
  • Hours worked are digitally authenticated:
    • Automated reporting and certification.
    • Historic record of hours worked independent of school attended.
  • Students can interact and comment on their experience with the charity through related social media platforms.
  • A free digital marketing platform (including social media) providing wide exposure.
  • Ability to request assistance in the form of hours (students and/or community volunteers) or donations (community and/or corporates).
  • Automated booking and digital feedback reduces the administrative burden.
  • Provides validation for the charity and demonstrates the work they do and value they add to the community.
  • Channel to obtain feedback from students and schools.
  • Removes the burden from schools to identify and engage with charities on behalf of students/parents.
  • Reduced administrative burden of schools in collating and reporting on student activity.
  • Allows ongoing monitoring of student community service hours performed.
  • Authentication and accuracy of student community hours worked.
  • The historic repository of community service hours worked by students independent of school attended, allows seamless collation of community service hours worked. This, for example, could facilitate the judgement of the President’s Award or any other recognition.
  • Feedback from students and charities allowing meaningful engagement and involvement with charities.
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