Community service is an essential way for students to explore their interests, show colleges what they believe in, and define a possible career path. By engaging in volunteer work, teens have an opportunity to learn experiential. They discover where their passions lie while undertaking “feel good” projects that truly make a difference. These experiences allow them to make more informed choices about college and career options as well as instilling a lifelong interest in giving back.
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It may be somewhat obvious, but worth noting to remind us all that teens should volunteer as much as they can throughout their teen years. Teenagers who volunteer gain benefits ranging from increased self-esteem to acquiring valuable job skills. And it goes without saying that community service is also a critical component of a successful college application.
The College Admissions Benefits of Teen Volunteering:
Why Community Service Work is Beneficial for Teens
Develops an increased sense of social responsibility—a global view of society and a heart for “giving back” and helping others.
Builds relationships and “social contentedness” with peers, adults, and activists sharing a cause.
Exposes teens to diversity and multiculturalism.