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Category: Teen Volunteering

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 Stephanie Hicks | 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 Experts at TeenLife | 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. 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, and elderly patients may enjoy time with someone young. If you are thinking of taking siblings, ...

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 high school resume. I was a visual arts major during my four years of high school and took more than 11 classes in ...

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. 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 wants ...

Posted Sept. 9, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
high school freshmen

It’s the year of new beginnings. Wide-eyed freshmen enter high school campuses overwhelmed on the one hand and excited on the other. High school puts them on the path to adulthood and independence. It means added responsibility and academic challenges. And if your teen is headed down the college route, it means organization and preparation. She can’t blow the next three years and expect to attend the college of her dreams. Freshman year is an opportunity to set her on the right path that will assure she is prepared for senior year. Freshman year is all about exploration. This will ...

Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
asking for allowance

“Mom, Dad … I need an allowance.” These are some of the hardest words to say if you are a high-school student looking at a parent across the table. Why? Because you know what comes next. You’ll soon be getting questions about your grades, how much time you hang out with friends, how late your curfew is, and what you did with that $30 they gave you last week. It’s a tough seat to be in, and I understand. Here’s a few ways you can help yourself when it comes to this conversation. 1. Take on volunteer work. Couldn’t you ...

Posted Aug. 4, 2015, 8 a.m. by The Experts at TeenLife | View Comments
texting and driving

Let’s just pretend for a moment you are driving down a busy highway going, say, 55 miles mph. And now let’s pretend I ask you to close your eyes for at least five seconds – or about the time it would take you to go the length of a football field. That would be insane, right? Startling statistics on texting while driving Well, according to a 2009 U.S. government report, that’s about how long your eyes are away from the road when you check a text and drive. And a 2013 Virginia Tech survey found that you could be distracted ...

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