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Getting Involved:  Encouraging Teen Volunteerism

There are several good reasons why your teen should volunteer.  First, many public and private high schools in the United States require a certain number of volunteer hours in order for a teen to graduate.  Even those schools that don't require community service hours will often give extra credit for it, especially if it relates to work being done in a classroom setting.

Another good reason for teens to volunteer is that it gives them a chance to try their hand at different areas of interest that might one day evolve into career choices.  By trying out the career, a teen can find out if he is truly interested in it before he invests the time and money necessary to study the field in college.
 
A third reason for teens to volunteer is that it is a great way to build a resume, especially before you are old enough to hold down a full or part time job.  Volunteering shows an employer that your teen has the drive and initiative to go out and find work to do, even if he is not being paid.  Those kinds of qualities mean a lot to someone hiring.

Most large cities have a volunteer clearinghouse where a teen can go, share some information about himself, and connect with an appropriate volunteer opportunity.  Another excellent source of volunteerism is your family's house of worship.  There are usually many things that need doing within a faith group, and adults are usually very happy to teach and encourage teens to give to others.  Teens should also be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities at any place they enjoy visiting, such as a library, state park or museum.

Wherever your teen choose to volunteer, he is sure to experience the please that comes from giving of himself and helping others.

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