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Category: Teen Volunteering

Posted March 1, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
marine conservation

The oceans on earth generate half of the oxygen we breathe, and for us to continue to thrive, we need our seas to stay healthy. However, increasing industrialism, over-fishing and the destruction of natural marine environments are all playing serious havoc on our oceans. Therefore, marine conservation volunteering is not only an exciting opportunity for teens to mingle with awesome sea inhabitants, but can also provide crucial help for a vitally important cause. // Track Turtles Many species of sea turtle are sadly hurtling towards extinction, and there are many organizations looking for volunteers to help protect them. Teens can ...

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 10 a.m. by Lion's Heart | View Comments
Lion's Heart Community Service for Teens

A young man by the name of Spencer Corwin was about to begin his 7th grade year in school. He wanted to volunteer in Orange County, California, but didn’t know where to get started. He found a lot of organizations for teen girls to get involved in the community, but he couldn’t find much out there for boys. So he decided to change that. Spencer and his mother, Terry Corwin, recognized the importance of giving back, so they worked together to create Lion’s Heart. Lion’s Heart offers teenagers a special connection with their communities by providing volunteer and leadership opportunities ...

Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 10 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
hosting an exchange student

Although many parents have considered the possibility of their teen going overseas as an exchange student, and are aware of how awesome the experience can be, fewer have given thought to welcoming an exchange student into their home. However, playing host to a teen from another land can bring with it just as many positives for your own teen, and the family as a whole. What Does Being a Host Family Involve? The dynamics vary among host families and can include those that have children, single-parented families or older couples, and usually involve hosting students from overseas, although not necessarily ...

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
why-community-service

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 ...

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