Volunteering / Teen Interning
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Volunteering as a family, article from Time Out New York
Most states in the US require community service as part of their high school curriculum. Not so with New York. Perhaps that's why New York was recently ranked near the bottom of our fifty states when it comes to volunteering. As parents, we have the power to make volunteering a part of our children's lives. Every local community theater, every library, every hospital and veterinary clinic can be approached for possible community service.
Volunteering is easily combined with improving a wide variety of skills, but the main attraction isn't about academic education, it's about self-esteem and feeling like you actually make a difference. This list includes resources for international traveling and local community service, with parents' comments. And don't forget to include these activities on your kids' resumes and college transcripts!
Whatever their interests, kids can find volunteer organizations that can help them get involved, learn, and be of practical use while gathering invaluable experience.
One parent's comments about volunteering in their own neighborhood and at a women's shelter in the Bronx: "I have so so much to say about volunteering and the value of it - for multiple reasons! Recently, my son and his friends from the block (about six of them) organized a car wash. Although I have mixed feelings about car washing in a time of conservation, I supported their idea and supplied the hose. Well - they made $150.00!!! They were all excited and it was interesting to hear them all discussing what to do with it. I made a suggestion that they save some for future projects, and also that they consider making a difference in someone's life. They decided to donate to Unicef. Once the ball got rolling they all decided to donate their shares!
"The Women's Shelter where I have been involved for years is a huge part of our lives and continues to be a place where we can be of service with kids. It is harder to find places to volunteer where there are kids (lots of privacy protection, etc.) but this is a place that has allowed us in. It's difficult to put into words what an impact gving our time and attention to these very underserved kids has been for our son. The self-esteem and empowerment that comes from helping out is beyond books. The physical act is so important and needed! And doing it so close to home (I think) really gives the kids volunteering a new perspective and gratitude for their own lives."
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The Walt Disney Company and Youth Service America (YSA) lists available grants for volunteer projects
Applicants can use the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as a reference and review past grantees' projects from all over the world at: YSA's website.
Here's a listing of summer internships for high school students and another list of Teen Programs (pdf format).
The Theater Development Fund (TDF) has a listing of internships.
Internships in Theater Companies, listed at Play by Play Magazine.
Student Exchange and Travel Info