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Category: Teen Volunteering

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

Posted Aug. 31, 2016, 9:50 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
How to Get Started with Community Service

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Anthropologist, Margaret Mead (1901–1978) // Why should you reach out through volunteer opportunities in high school? When you reach out to your community, you’re not just making a difference for others. Community service projects have huge benefits for volunteers themselves, such as: 1. Helping out. Whether you choose to focus on people, animals, or the environment, there are countless ways to make a difference. Nonprofits have all kinds of volunteer opportunities for teens. Organizations and their beneficiaries ...

Posted April 19, 2016, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Start making summer plans

Hurry! Start Making These Summer Plans Now! Throughout most of the year you’ll have a difficult time planning activities with friends or taking on new responsibilities that suck time away from schoolwork. That’s why summer is such a great opportunity for teen internships, travel and community service. You’ve got three months when there are no papers due, no tests to study for, and no commute to school every day. You’ve got lots of freedom, but that means you need to use the time well. Many of my friends wasted their summers away doing little more that hanging out at the ...

Posted March 10, 2016, 9 a.m. by Brian Buntz | View Comments
5 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad on Your Gap Year

There are lots of things you could do doing a gap year so why consider going overseas to volunteer? We’ve got the top five reasons right here: 1. You can get clear on what you want from college. When applying for colleges, many students have a general idea of the subjects that interest them but may not be confident they will stay interested in those topics over the course of four years. Taking a gap year generates new interests and perspectives, and reveals new abilities. Adding volunteer work into a gap year not only promotes clarity but also generates new ...

Posted March 7, 2016, 9 a.m. by Lion's Heart Management Team | View Comments
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 ...

Posted Jan. 29, 2016, 9 a.m. by James Paterson | View Comments
Nab a Summer Job – and Make the Most of it.

Good summer jobs are hard to find, yet they’ve become increasingly important for high school students – for the money, experience, and your resume. With youth unemployment numbers at record highs, think about how you can improve your chances of getting a job and making the most of it. Here are some tips: 1. Start early, obviously. Like now. This gives you more time to explore all the options – and shows potential employers that you are forward-thinking and serious. The search process itself is a good project. Make a few contacts each week and set up a spot (physical ...

Posted Nov. 16, 2015, 9 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
Holiday Community Service Ideas [and E-Book Sneak Peek!]

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the spirit of the holidays and quickly find yourself caught up in the season’s many parties and meals. So how to share your good fortune with others? Soup kitchens and food banks are worthy causes, but sometimes they have all the volunteers they need this time of year. We’ve got solutions in our new eBook: “Share the Bounty: 25 Holiday Community Service Ideas.” Download 1. Brighten the day for hospital patients or nursing home residents. Call a local facility and ask if someone needs company during the holidays. Some families live far away, ...

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