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Category: Teen Volunteering

Posted Dec. 7, 2020, 9 a.m. by Kimberly Jimenez | View Comments

If you’re reading this, it’s pretty likely that you’ve had some sort of experience with volunteering. You may have volunteered through your school, church, extracurricular activities, or even just for fun – volunteering opportunities are everywhere! However, it’s important to distinguish between volunteering that truly helps those you are supporting and volunteering that actually creates a greater burden on those in need. In this week’s post, I’ll guide you through making that distinction and offer some examples of sustainable ways to get involved with volunteering locally, nationally, and internationally. Why Is It Important to Volunteer? Volunteering is undoubtedly important and ...

Posted Nov. 16, 2020, 2:20 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | 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 beyond all of that, community service instills a lifelong habit of helping others. It encourages you to look to the needs of your community and use your resources to pass on good to those who need it the most. Whether it’s a service that is well-known and carries prestige or small ...

Posted June 18, 2020, 1:39 p.m. by Julia Lloyd | View Comments

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we currently live in unprecedented times. While it seems as though daily life has been temporarily placed on hold, there are still countless people who need help and a variety of online volunteer opportunities for high school students to get involved in giving back. Face masks and social distancing have replaced handshakes, hugs, and life as we once knew it. Now is as important a time as ever to implement ways to help those in need, regardless of how little it seems we can do from home. For those looking to aid their community and beyond ...

Posted April 24, 2020, 10:04 a.m. by Laurie Kopp Weingarten, CEP | View Comments

Generation Z possesses a lot of fantastic qualities, but the one thing we repeatedly hear from admission officers is that they want to see more grit, more resilience. Many high school students aren’t used to failure and find it difficult to pick up the pieces and move on, missing the chance to learn from their past mistakes. Don’t wallow in things you can’t control. As an independent educational consultant, I’m waking up daily to an inbox flooded with emails. Students are asking questions such as, “How is this virus going to affect my future college application? Are these abridged AP ...

Posted April 21, 2020, 9:27 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments

We at TeenLife share society's goal of providing academic and enrichment opportunities that launch young people into life. Summer is an important time for learning. Thankfully there are a number of interesting online courses and virtual ways of meaningfully engaging middle and high school-aged students if they are unable to leave home or travel. They include coding classes, academic classes, foreign language learning - even remote community service experiences! Here are some of those that have caught our eye. American University: Discover the World of Communication Online Ready to build your college portfolio, learn something new, or explore an area ...

Posted Aug. 6, 2019, 11 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Community Service Ideas for College-Bound Teens

Every college-bound teen knows that high school community service is a key component of any college application. Admissions officers look for well-rounded students who volunteer in high school. But according to a study by DoSomething.org, a group that connects kids with volunteer projects, students should heed this word of warning: DoSomething.org conducts annual surveys on community service and college admissions. They have found that most admissions officers prefer students to be consistently involved with one issue over a variety of causes. Moreover, social change isn’t something you should do just to put on your application — follow your passion. Seventy-five ...

Posted July 23, 2019, 9 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments

How many of these summer activities have you ticked off your list? How’s your summer going? We’re just about at the halfway mark, so this is a good time to stop and assess what you’ve done with your big break so far. Hopefully you’ve managed to relax a bit, do something productive, and even have a little fun. But have you made the most of it? Here are 10 things we think every teen should do this summer. How many have you achieved so far? Do some good: It’s not too late to get some community service in this summer. ...

Posted July 19, 2019, 9 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Farm volunteering

Students interested in fighting hunger, preserving the environment, or helping local econonmies should consider these food-related volunteer opportunities. One of the most common ways for young people to pursue community service is through volunteer work in a food pantry or soup kitchen. And this popularity makes sense: It is meaningful, satisfying work. In the course of just a few hours you can clearly see the impact you have on the lives of those you help. The good news is that there is a growing number of service options for those interested in helping ensure people have access to ample, nutritious ...

Posted June 15, 2019, 1 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Summer Activities That Will Turn Admissions’ Heads

In today’s competitive college admissions market, students are faced with the task of setting themselves apart from other applicants. Colleges look for students who are dedicated to academics but they want to build a well-rounded incoming freshman class. Admission officers look for those who demonstrate interesting and diverse qualities, not just those who spend 100 percent of their time studying. Colleges need and want students who are committed to activities that they are passionate about. The summer creates opportunities for students to demonstrate this quality, whether it's in a structured summer program for teenagers, or individually. The last thing you ...

Posted June 14, 2019, 10 a.m. by Sarah Good | View Comments
Volunteer Resume

Community service is an essential part of the learning experience. It offers the satisfaction of helping improve the world in which you live, helps you gain new perspective, and teaches you about people and places you might never have known about otherwise. Volunteering can also offer some practical advantages in addition to the social and emotional benefits. Service work looks great a college application and is a great resume builder, especially when you have little paid work to list. Community service is particularly good at developing and demonstrating your soft skills, the behaviors, attitudes, and aptitudes that can help you ...

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