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Event Photographer. Restore Park Habitat. Sew. Camp Counselor. Play Games with Seniors. Teach A Language. Test Hardware. Read to Kids.

                                                                          A group of high school aged volunteers pose with yardwork tools, smiling at the camera

There are countless benefits and opportunities that can be a result of volunteering in the community. Not only can it be a great resume builder, it’s also a great way to improve your quality of life. 94% of youth ages 8-21 said they want to be part of making the world a better place but only 55% of them actively try. By volunteering, you can be a part of the change, and make the world a better place.

Check out these other benefits to volunteering:

    • Volunteering in your community reduces stress and depression, which has been linked to healthier, longer lives.
    • Scholarship providers and colleges look for community driven students that stand out against other applicants. You can even get scholarships
       just for being a volunteer!
    • Students who volunteer have a 27% higher chance of finding employment after graduation than students who do not.

There are a few things you'll need to consider if you want to volunteer under the age of 18. Use these tips to have a successful volunteer experience:

  • Agencies want to hear from YOU, and not a parent, about why you're interested in their volunteer opportunity.
  • Focus on opportunities that accept youth volunteers (Use the 'advanced search' option). While all agencies love using volunteers, some are required by law to have a minimum age requirement for participation.
  • Schedule flexibility and advanced notice are key! The more time you have available, the more volunteer opportunities available.
  • Youth volunteers have talents agencies may not think about. Make sure to tell the agency your skills!
  • If you're under the age of 15, you will most likely need a parent or chaperone to volunteer with you. Make sure you know their availability before you inquire about a volunteer opportunity.