College admissions counselors and scholarship committee members look for sustained volunteering over a long period of time to demonstrate both passion and commitment. Students can volunteer at non-profit organizations (for example the Red Cross, public libraries, museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, Police PAL sites, elementary and middle schools, sports groups like AYSO and Pop Warner, and the Special Olympics). You may not volunteer at a for-profit business. You are not to provide free labor for such places as an office, grocery store, department store, or restaurant.
Remember to keep your completed Student Service Learning Logs in a safe place, like a three-ring binder, so that you can access it easily when you are filling out scholarship or college applications.
What are the benefits of volunteering for teens?
1. It's proven to make people happier. Teenagers who enjoy social activities, like volunteering, are happier than those who don't participate. Researchers found that 15 to 15 year olds who enjoy helping others are less likely to become depressed.
2. Volunteers gain professional experience. The work and training that teens receive through volunteer work will help determine their strengths and areas that may need improvement. Through working with non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operations of companies and pressing social issues.
3. It provides more flexibility and options. There are opportunities and choices right outside your front door. While areas in paid positions may be limited before you have a lot of work experience, there are lots of different areas where you can volunteer. As long as it's something you believe it, volunteering will foster your interests.
4. Valuable volunteer experience makes great topics of conversation, can help you get a paying job, and can inspire student to write insightful college essays. Adults view high school students as more mature and responsible after completing volunteer work. You are more likely to get hired, more likely to earn scholarships, and more likely to get into college when you volunteer regularly.
5. You can make a positive difference. By volunteering, teens have the chance to make a difference in their community while gaining a lot from the experience.