This article originally appeared in I Love the Upper West Side on May 22, 2023.
We all have different ideas of what makes for a perfect (and enriching) summer break — especially when it involves our children. A summer job is an important way to learn responsibility, of course, but it’s also essential to give back in any way possible. If you know of a teen looking for a particularly meaningful activity in the city, you’re in luck — Repair the World’s Summer Teen Service Corps are officially returning for the fourth consecutive year.
Throughout the course of three or six week sessions (which each include 45 community service hours), rising 9th-12th graders will have the opportunity to volunteer and take action in order to pursue a more just world. What does this mean, exactly? Well, for starters, teens will hit the ground running and must be ready to directly get in on the action — this means packing meals in food banks, serving lunches at meal distribution sites, working on urban farms and assembling and distributing hygiene packs to the unhoused community. That’s just the beginning!