Get exposure to real jobs, set goals and earn awards. These courses will guide you in our Summit Scholars Achievement awards as you serve your community and build your resume. We have partnered with non-profit organizations to provide virtual volunteering opportunities for high school students. Teens can volunteer, set goals, gain insight on writing college essays and build character in this program while earning a National Achievement Award.
OUR GRIT PROGRAM ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
What are the benefits of volunteering?
Listen to the experts
"When you give your time to help others, the memories you cherish making today can become a part of your new, awesome autobiography. Everyone loves a good story, so make yours the best it can possibly be."
Habitat for Humanity
A recent article in the Guardian asked the question
“Is it time for doctors to prescribe volunteering?”
Fellow GP and spokesperson for Medstars, Noreen Hashmi, says it is acknowledged among doctors that volunteering benefits physical and mental wellbeing. “I have suggested volunteering to patients on many occasions. Often the best results are when patients don’t approach these activities as a ‘cure’ in themselves,” she says. “Genuine altruism, passion about their chosen cause and a positive mental attitude really make the difference.”
- Course in our learning management system
- Record keeping
- Service learning component
- Award to qualifying students
- Goals directed curriculum
Benefits of Serving others through volunteering
Develop Transferable Skills
Children and young adults who volunteer regularly practices skills like collaboration, problem-solving, and leadership that are vital to succeed in academics, the workplace, and their personal lives.
Support Academic Success
82% of students who participated in service-learning opportunities reported increased positive feelings about attending school. Children who volunteer are also found to be more engaged in academics by helping them apply classroom-based learning to real-world situations.
Empathy and citizenship are developed during childhood and adolescence. Participating in volunteer activities from an early age can help foster empathy and inclusivity, qualities necessary for building safe, unified communities.
Help Children Value Themselves
As children grow, they develop an increased self-awareness. Children and teens who consistently participate in acts of good through activities like community service not only learn to value others, they learn to respect themselves, which is critical to sustaining emotional well-being.
Reinforce Social Capital
Participating in community service is especially important for low-income youth. Research shows that volunteering can serve as an “effective conduit to positive educational and career outcomes for low-income youth” (Opportunity Nation).
Create Volunteers for Life
Children and teens who volunteer are more likely to become more civically-engaged adults. Young people who volunteer regularly are more likely to volunteer and donate to community causes as adults.
"There are plenty of ways organizations and communities can engage young volunteers. Check out this article for best practices in engaging teen volunteers."
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