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    8 Reasons Your Teen Should Volunteer

    Posted September 19, 2022, 12:00 pm by Lion’s Heart

    At Lion’s Heart Teen Volunteers and Leaders, we believe that there are many positive benefits of volunteering so we wanted to share a few with you. Here's 8 reasons why your teen should volunteer! 

    1. Teens Build Empathy and Compassion

    Learning from experience and stepping into others shoes instills compassion for others' circumstances which may be very different from our own.

    2. Teens Gain Courage

    Whether it’s getting up the courage to work at a food bank with a group of strangers, or teaching sports to a child with special needs, stepping out of your comfort zone is powerful, and what better place to do it than a safe volunteer environment? 

    3. Volunteering Looks Great on College Applications

    Colleges and universities are relying more and more heavily on how students use their gifts and their time to make a positive impact in their communities. Volunteering for causes that are in line with future goals can help when applying to colleges and universities as well as internships and job opportunities. Lion’s Heart volunteers are able to send a verified Cumulative Volunteer Transcript directly to college applications of their choice.

    4. Teens Learn Accountability and Time-Management

    Like any activity that requires you to be on time and ready to work, volunteering is a great practice.

    5. Teens Gain Self-Confidence

    Doing good for others promotes a sense of accomplishment which, in turn, boosts self esteem and gives a sense of purpose. Studies have shown volunteering can increase happiness, reduce stress, and make you feel better in general. 

    6. Teens Learn Teamwork and Leadership

    Volunteering brings out the best in everyone, and gives them the courage and confidence to lead projects and groups of people they never would have thought they could. 

    7. Teens Often Find their Passion through Volunteering

    Volunteering gives your teen a wide variety of experiences with different people and causes. This can spark a passion or help them hone in on a skill they already possess. 

    8. Teens Gain a Sense of Accomplishment

    Attaining well-earned awards like the President’s Volunteer Service Award (P.V.S.A.) and The Congressional Award can be accomplished through volunteering. 

    Conclusion: 8 Reasons Your Teen Should Volunteer

    The world needs volunteers now more than ever before. There is no better time to start your teen on their lifelong journey volunteering and helping others while gaining compassion and self esteem along the way!

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    Lion’s Heart

    Lion’s Heart is a national nonprofit organization that connects 6th-12th grade students with local service opportunities that help them build a strong community service portfolio. Teens track hours, earn leadership awards, and export their service portfolio to use on scholarship, college, and career applications. We are nearly 6,000 members strong with new chapters forming every day across the United States.