Community service hours are usually required for high school graduation, but more important than that is the giving back to others and the self-esteem it can bring to your teenager.
Here are some ideas to give to your teen:
- Informal volunteering. Your teen watches a neighbor’s kids or joins a group of students who are cleaning up a park.
- Formal volunteering. Many teens have a regular volunteer job. They help at a food bank. They tutor a younger student.
- In-school clubs. From foreign language clubs to yearbook, sports to music, there are clubs for every interest.
- Community organizations. Many out-of-school clubs offer teens a chance to learn and grow. Most religious organizations offer activities for youth. Teens might also think about Girl and Boy Scouts, 4-H, DeMolay and community sports organizations.