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    5 Things That Happen When Teens Volunteer

    Posted March 7, 2016, 2:00 pm by Stephanie Hicks
    5 Things That Happen When Teens Volunteer

    Lion’s Heart offers teens across the nation a way to connect with their communities through volunteer opportunities. Teens gain a lot from volunteer experiences; they learn, grow and mature.

    Lion’s Heart is dedicated to organizing, inspiring and empowering teens to serve the community in fun and meaningful ways while promoting leadership, accountability and teamwork.

    Lion’s Heart organizes members into groups so they can volunteer for various nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in their communities. Each chapter of teens elects their own officers and runs their own meetings. With this structure, members have the power to choose how they want to serve society.

    We’ve all been taught that giving back is important, and some schools even require students to volunteer before graduating. But did you know that there are lots of great benefits that come from volunteering? Here are five things that happen when teens volunteer.

    1. Teens are empowered.

    “YOU as the teenager have the power. The exposure and experience that I gained from Lion’s Heart as a teen allowed me to strengthen my passion for community service in my adult life.” – Darby C., graduated Lion’s Heart member and student at Texas Christian University.

    2. Teens grow.

    “Lion's Heart taught me, in purest form, the true meaning of giving back.” – Trevor C., graduated Lion’s Heart member and graduate of University of Colorado, Boulder.

    3. Teens build confidence.

    “The confidence I obtained leading a new student-run community service group has given me skills I still use today. It was a place where I learned to be a leader of my peers, where I learned what I was passionate about, and where I found the confidence and skills to go out in the world and help people.” – Noelle B., graduated Lion’s Heart member and student at University of California, Santa Barbara.

    4. Teens gain perspective.

    “While many teens get involved in philanthropy for college resumes, Lion's Heart does an excellent job of opening eyes to the beauty of donating your time and efforts to help others.” – Bryn L., University of Southern California.

    5. Teens excel.

    “My experience with Lion's Heart provided me with leadership skills and community service experience that enhanced my college applications, assisted me in receiving financial scholarships, and gave me the motivation to continue volunteering during my years at UCLA.” – Christian H., graduated Lion’s Heart member and student at University of California, Los Angeles.

    So how can you get started volunteering? Join the Lion’s Heart team!

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    Stephanie Hicks

    Stephanie Hicks

    Steph Hicks, Lion’s Heart Digital Marketing Director. She has two teenagers and two furry mutts and loves to read, paint and volunteer.