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Category: Teen Volunteering

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, noon by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
teen volunteering

As a parent, you fully understand the importance of volunteering, although it is often hard to motivate your teen to get involved with helping out in the community. Of course, your child should appreciate the meaning behind volunteering and helping those perhaps less fortunate; however, that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed at the same time! If your teen is reluctant, uninspired or just a tad lazy, why not come up with some suggestions and ideas that might seem more like fun, and get your teen in the community spirit! // 1. Write Away! If your teen is a budding ...

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
volunteering during middle school

It’s never too early to start thinking about helping others, and middle school is often a time when children first participate in volunteer work. There are many great opportunities to help out in the community, which can prove both highly rewarding and beneficial for your child. // Volunteering in Middle School Volunteering Offers a Sense of Personal Achievement Knowing that you’ve done something worthwhile, or helped another person in need, is an awesome feeling, regardless of how old you are. However, the feel-good emotions generated from volunteering can be particularly pertinent for a child going through the transitional stage of ...

Posted June 2, 2014, 11 a.m. by Sara Zhou | View Comments

Teens often pass over high school community service as hours to complete, or something that looks good on their college applications. But it can be much more than that, if you give it the chance. In order to appreciate the value of this hands-on experience, here are five facets that form the cornerstone benefits of a volunteering in high school. // 1. It's proven to make you happier. Community service provides physical and mental rewards. Researchers report that when you focus on others’ needs over your own, it ignites brain activity that reduces stress and depression. A recent study conducted ...

Posted May 23, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
The Key to Living in a Homestay

I was 14 years old the first time I studied abroad. I went to Costa Rica for one month to improve my Spanish, do community service, and live with a family. The next summer, when I was 15, I adventured to Cádiz, Spain for one month. This time, I traveled around the country, went to school, took surfing lessons, and lived with a family. Two years ago, when I was 20, I went to Santiago, Chile for seven months. I was a full-time student at a university, spent weeks traveling the long coast of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. I also ...

Posted April 29, 2014, 2:13 p.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
Developing a Social Conscience in the Teenage World

Recently, I went to see Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change,a wonderful new documentary film about one of Greater Boston’s most innovative business owners. Wenzday Jane is the President of Metro Pedal Power, a Somerville-based delivery business that uses bicycles (and sophisticated, homemade trailers) to deliver goods (mainly produce) throughout the Cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and the Town of Brookline. The film also features Wenzday’s contract with the Cambridge Department of Public Works to regularly empty sidewalk recycling bins using pedal power. Their method is one of the most creative works of invention ...

Posted April 9, 2014, 3:13 p.m. by Main Contact | View Comments
Community Service and Summer: Steps to College

The simple fact is that colleges want good citizens. That's why high school community service is an important factor for college admissions. And there are places where teenage volunteers can make a difference, in their own towns and around the world. // Summer Service Programs Many summer community service programs for teens are based in impoverished or rural areas in the United States or Third World countries. They vary in size but usually include 12 to 25 students. Service in these sorts of programs typically involves different projects: physical work (construction of schools, clean up, restoration); teaching; working with underserved ...

Posted March 31, 2014, 4:06 p.m. by Heather Jack | View Comments
Practically Painless Fundraising

Do you feel passionate about a specific issue or organization? Perhaps you would like to help them out with a monetary donation, but are a little tight on cash? Maybe you want to get more friends and family involved in a good cause? Or maybe you absolutely dread the thought of raising money or having a drive? The following are Practically Painless Fundraising ideas that can be used to mobilize family, community members, and friends to support a good cause! 11 Ideas for Practically Painless Fundraising 1. For your birthday, have family and friends give presents that support a specific ...

Posted March 31, 2014, 11 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
6 Tips for Extracurricular Activity Success

Extracurriculars look good on a college application, they enrich the lives of you and your community members, they prepare you for the real world (which is kind-of my schtick, you might say), and they are all-around a lot of fun. No matter what type of extracurricular you do, it will make your four years of high school a little better. In fact, doing many activities around my community led me to a place I never could have imagined: A special living-learning community at the college I will attend. But how can you ensure a good activity experience that is actually ...

Posted March 26, 2014, 11:06 a.m. by Julia Levine Rogers | View Comments
Traveling Responsibly: A Beginner’s Guide

You may not realize it, but when you travel abroad, you become an automatic ambassador for America. Leaving the country for a gap year adventure is thrilling, but it’s important to note how your behavior abroad can impact you or the people of your host country. Taking steps to be respectful will not only help you have a positive international experience, but it will contribute to a better global reputation for all Americans! Here are some simple things to remember: DON’T: Dress inappropriately. This goes for men and women. Different regions of the world have different norms, so it’s important ...

Posted March 24, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Pay it Forward

When someone does a good deed for you, express your gratitude by doing something nice for someone else. That’s the essence of “pay it forward,” a term you often hear in casual conversation. It’s not new. Who knew that this popular concept has its roots in a play from ancient Athens, the exact words from a book in 1916, and was popularized in another book in 1951? Here is the excerpt from the 1951 title Between Planets by Robert A. Heinlein: The banker reached in the folds of his gown, pulled out a single credit note. “But eat first – ...

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