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Category: Teen Volunteering

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) Download 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, ...

Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
Jumpstart Your Resume by Thinking Outside the School

Ah, high school. Seven hours of sitting and taking in all you can for that diploma to set you on your way to new horizons. Of course, you may have a great high school with opportunities to take part in the arts, advanced STEM, communications or a mix of disciplines. But even with with that, you may feel the need for something else to catapult you further in your career, or even just to spice up that college resume. I was a visual arts major during my four years of high school and took more than 11 classes in different ...

Posted Oct. 15, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
after school activities for teens

Maybe you aren’t the fastest runner out there. Maybe you missed the basket nine times out of 10 the last time you stepped onto the court. Maybe sports just don’t interest you. There is some reason why you aren’t on a sports team this season.Fortunately, there are a lot of activities you can enjoy that give you the benefits of playing a sport that don’t require stepping in front of a 6-foot-4 lineman: 1. Explore yoga Your friends on the lacrosse team will be getting a healthy amount of exercise that you’ll be missing. The health benefits of daily exertion ...

Posted Sept. 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Lindsey Stahley | View Comments
community service

Admissions officers are looking more and more closely at extracurricular activities and leadership skills when evaluating college applicants. So, high school community service can be critical. But before you start accumulating hours for all sorts of miscellaneous things, know that college admissions staff are not just looking for a high number of hours. Community service needs to be the right kind of work and you need to be doing it for the right reasons. Download Colleges put a premium on teen community service. They also like students who approach this work with passion and authenticity. Basically, this means a college ...

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