Why You Should Do Community Service This Summer
While you’re dreaming of all the things you can do this summer, pencil in one more: community service. Summer, when you don’t have homework or as many other commitments, is a great time for teens to volunteer, even if it’s just an hour a week.
But why should you bother?
• Volunteering is a way to practice employment skills, even if you’re not technically employed. You will be required to make a commitment, to show up on time, to be respectful and polite with clients or the public, and to take responsibility for your actions. Those are all things employers want to see on your resume.
• Volunteering is a good way to meet mentors and network with people other than your parents or teachers. Other volunteers may not only teach you something, but, assuming you’re a responsible volunteer, might help you find a high school internship, or write recommendation letters for next summer’s job or your college application.