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Category: Teen Volunteering

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 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 ...

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 ...

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