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Category: Teen Volunteering

Posted March 15, 2019, 11 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments

If you’re planning to apply to college, you’ve already thought about community service. Admissions offices love it and some high schools even require it for graduation. So maybe you’ve volunteered at a local food pantry or have been researching opportunities at a nearby hospital. (And if you’re looking for more opportunities, we’ve got plenty to inspire you.) But there’s another option: You could create your own community service project. Why create your own community service project? First, it allows you to tailor your volunteer experience very precisely to your strengths, goals, and passions. Also, self-directed projects look great on college ...

Posted Feb. 7, 2019, 2:13 p.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Teen Volunteers

You could spend your spring break playing Fortnite until your eyes glaze over, binging rom-coms on Netflix or sleeping like a bear in deepest hibernation mode. You could do that, or you could spend those free days volunteering. There’s no shortage of organizations and agencies that could use a helping hand and many of the tasks don’t require special experience. Where to find a community service opportunity? Hospitals, libraries, food banks, nature sanctuaries and animal shelters are among the places near you that need a steady supply of volunteers. Your parents, teachers and coaches might have some suggestions or connections ...

Posted Oct. 18, 2018, 11:30 a.m. by Conner Reed | View Comments
Young woman standing at an outdoor voting booth

Young people have a lot at stake when it comes to the future of this country. We’ve certainly got more on the line than our parents or grandparents or most of the talking heads who yell at us on TV every day – we’re the ones who have to live in the future that our politics create. Voting is the most important way to make sure we have a stake in that future. But whenever we discuss it, the conversation becomes either despondent (my vote won’t matter anyway!) or full of grandstanding (my ideas are purer than your ideas!), and ...

Posted June 26, 2018, 8 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
Male and female volunteers sort donations during food drive

While you’re dreaming of all the things you can do this summer, pencil in one more: community service. Was that a groan? It shouldn’t be. Summer, when you don’t have homework or as many other commitments, is a great time for teens to volunteer, even if it’s just an hour a week. Whether you’re working or going to camp or taking a pre-college summer course, there are ways to squeeze in a few hours to do something for somebody else. Why should you bother? There are several reasons: Community service is good for the community, but it’s also good for ...

Posted Feb. 28, 2018, 2:20 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Teenage community service is more than something that your mom insists will look good on your high school resume. It can point you to new interests, new friends, and if you’re really lucky, maybe even a lifelong career. And yeah, okay, it’ll also look good on your resume. But where to start? “Volunteering” is a big word. How can you be sure you’re finding opportunities that are right for you? There are always easy entry points, like the service clubs at your high school or religious organization, but beyond that, the options can get overwhelming. TeenLife is here to help! ...

Posted Jan. 19, 2018, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How To Help High School Sophomores Find A Volunteer Project

Sophomore year is half done. Has your high school student chosen a community service project yet? The clock is ticking. Before you know it, senior year will be here, and colleges are looking for students who show a long-term commitment to one volunteer project. There’s no time like the present to lock down a choice. Remember that community service projects are more than just a category on your student’s high school resume. These projects teach high school students to be involved in the community and to care about others. They also can be a way to learn new skills or ...

Posted June 27, 2017, 9:53 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments

It’s tempting for high school students to spend summer hanging out with friends, sleeping past noon, and attempting to do absolutely nothing. And while it’s true that down time for growing teens is absolutely necessary, too much is neither a healthy option nor the wisest choice if college is in their future. Encouraging high school students to get out and have some worthy, productive summer experiences is super important – for parents and for them – especially for those students hoping to score a scholarship or two. And even if teens are working, attending a teen summer program, or taking ...

Posted June 13, 2017, noon by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments

Have you been looking at overseas volunteer opportunities for teens? Many high school students do community service activities in foreign countries because it allows them to see a new part of the world, experience some independence, and help others, all at the same time. Why Do Community Service? For starters, it feels good. Being able to do something that makes a real difference in someone else’s life and the world is incredibly rewarding. Volunteering also gives you a chance to explore an interest, practice your language skills or travel in an area of the world that intrigues you. Taking part ...

Posted May 4, 2017, 3:44 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments

You’re a teen who wants to do community service. And you love the outdoors. This summer, why not combine volunteering with being outside in the places you love or want to explore? Organized teen summer programs can connect you with community service all over the world. A Broader View, for example, runs one-week to three-month programs in Asia, Africa and Central and South America. Or, you can contact schools, state and national parks, religious organizations and others to find opportunities on your own. Search on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and other social media for organizations that interest you and watch for ...

Posted Sept. 5, 2016, 9 a.m. by Lion's Heart | View Comments
Why Volunteering is Important for College Applications

It seems easy: You help someone or some organization out for few hours and - shazam! - you get to check off another box on that college application, the one for community service. But a volunteer commitment is much more complicated than a check-off box. What really counts as community service? Why does it matter? What are colleges really looking for? Here at Lion’s Heart we have the insider’s view of volunteering and why it’s important for your own well-being, as well as college applications We are a national network of teens in grades 7 through 12 who volunteer in ...

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