We can easily find volunteer opportunities for teens within our local communities and there is a need for their time, talent and thoughts.
Encouraging and teaching my teen son to give back to our community is a priority for me. We live in a society that seems to focus on material items – having more, getting more and being more. As we prepare for high school next year, reality is setting in that before I know it my “baby” will leave the nest.
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FACT: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013 the volunteer rate declined by 1.1% to 25.4% – the lowest since they began keeping statistics in 2002.
FACT: Volunteer rates were lowest among 20- to 24-year-olds (18.5 percent) and teens (16- to 19-year-olds) had a volunteer rate of 26.2 percent. 35- to 44-year-olds were most likely to volunteer (30.6 percent).
What did I take from those statistics? Many of the parents of children my son’s age are in that age group are most likely to volunteer. It is my responsibility as a parent to teach and instill a passion for giving back to his local community. My passion and the purpose behind this website is to motivate and encourage women to walk in their purpose and help others become better people overall. That passion is not lost on my sons because I value the impact that they will have on our community and the world they live in.
300+ Ways Your Teen Can Give Back
Below is a list of volunteer opportunities for teens to get involved within their local communities:
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- First and foremost, it’s important to let your teen know that that however they volunteer – it matters. Thank you 24:7 Modern Mom for that reminder!
- From donating their time, voice and talents – Teen Life shares 50 Community Service Ideas for Teen Volunteers
- No matter what your teen is passionate about – animals, helping the elderly, supporting the troops – they can use that passion to make a difference. School Family gives five meaningful community service ideas for teens.
- Service starts at home – fellow blogger Janeane Davis, shares six specific ways her tween son is giving back to his family.
- This article shares 11 simple but effective ways to teach mindfulness to your children – a skill that will serve them well as they give of their time and energy to others.
- Volunteering often helps teens gain a perspective on a world outside of their own. What better way for a teenager to realize how blessed they truly are by making a lasting impact on someone else? Here are 20 ways for teenagers to help other people by volunteering.
- Giving back is something we, as parents, should stress at an early age. Laura Grace Weldon shares 40 ways kids can volunteer from toddler to teens and here on the Today website you will find 20 ways to teach kids gratitude and the gift of giving.
- Approximately 13 million teens give 2.4 billion hours of service to their communities according to Youth Service America – here are 100 ways for them to make a difference in their communities.
- Organizations need our time AND financial contributions to fulfill their mission of helping those in need. Here are three ways to teach teenagers the joy of giving financially.