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ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships - Youth Volunteerism

Youth Volunteers

On the morning of February 19, 2011, 40 high school students, 5 college students, and 1 adult volunteered at Bowling Green's Public Works department by picking up trash around the city. This group of high school students, a part of Students Today, Leaders Forever, travel the country doing community service projects and wanted to do something in Bowling Green as they drove through.

Youth Volunteerism

The Youth Volunteerism section of our website provides a listing of volunteer opportunities for people under the age of 18. The navigation menu on the left has opportunities listed in a number of categories for youth to choose from. Each opportunity has a contact number to sign up to volunteer.

 

 Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.

You don't have to have a college degree to serve. ...

... You only need a heart full of grace,

a soul generated by love.

Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 

Reasons to be a Volunteer NOW! 

Discover what you are passionate about and make a difference! Now is the time to get involved in your community. You will get as much as you give when you spend your time volunteering. Including sharing or learning a new skill, engaging people, leadership skills, exploring career opportunities, and having a great time while doing something good! By getting involved now your transition after high school will be easier because you will have real world experience that can even be put on college application or resumes. 

You will probably have some special reasons of your own. Remember that the motivations you have to select the place to offer your services may not be the reasons why you stay. Once you're on the volunteer job, you will continue to serve as long as you feel that your efforts are accomplishing something, that your talents are appreciated, and that you make a difference. And if you also like the people with whom you work, so much the better!

As long as you are truly serving through your volunteer work, isn't it wonderful that such an exchange occurs? In fact, it tends to strengthen your commitment to volunteering when you can see the benefits to both the recipient of your efforts and to yourself. And it is much more comfortable than "charity" because it upholds the self-esteem of those with whom you volunteer.

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What Kind of Volunteer are You? - Oprah.com

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