While you join the hundreds of thousands of kids around the country who are heading Back to School, why not stand out — and head back to service?
Sure, the new school year is a great time to test a new hairstyle, new kicks, try out for the school play or a sports team. And maybe you’ll finally get that date with the boy or girl you’ve been crushing on. But the new school year is also a great time to give back to your community and the planet by picking an afterschool volunteer project to stick with throughout the school year.
Just a few hours a week can make a tremendous difference to people, animals and the environment – all of which really need it! AND, you’re guaranteed to meet new and interesting people, feel great, and learn something that doesn’t come from a textbook. Not to mention that you can also get some awesome experience that impresses universities and potential employers.
Interested? Great. Here’s how you can get started!
Find your Passion!
Volunteering is a big deal! You’ll have to ask yourself some questions about what you want to do. What do you really care about? A few ideas:
- Help stock a food pantry every week
- Distribute blankets and clothing at a shelter
- Tutor fellow students or those at neighboring schools
- Help clean up a city park or tend a community garden
- Staff the intake counter at a local clinic every month
- Help feed and clean the pets at an animal shelter
Plan, commit and coordinate!
Make sure you have the time to volunteer. Can you commit to getting to a place on time and on a regular basis? Do you have a lift?
Do your homework!
Service is important, but make sure you still have time to get your homework done! Not to mention time for after-school activities and friends.
Keep a journal.
Grab a notebook, start a blog, and tell us about your Back to Service activities and thoughts.
Tell the President!
Beyond feeling great about how you’ve helped make the world a better place, once you’ve chosen a project, visit MyImpact.org to track your volunteer hours. Let us know when you’ve logged over 100 hours and we’ll certify you for a Presidential Service Award. Once verified, you’ll get an award and a congratulatory letter from President Obama that’ll look mighty sweet hanging on your dorm or bedroom wall!
Good luck this year! Study hard and serve harder!