Teen Tuesday: Global Citizenship

By: Carline Dumerlin-Folkes
A global citizen is someone who wants to make the world a better place. A goal of a global citizen could be to help others though volunteering.  While you may have a million things to do like sports, homework, and hanging out with friends, if you truly want to, you could find time in your schedule to lend a helping hand. Volunteering can be as simple as reading to kids at your local library or tutoring a classmate.  If you love pets, call your local animal shelter to find out how you can help. You don’t have to commit yourself every week to a particular cause. Giving back should feel good and not like a chore. If all you have to give is an hour a month then that is more than enough. Volunteering is a great way to build your resume and gain valuable work experience. Lastly, volunteer experience always looks great on college and internship applications.

DoSomething.org is a great organization whose goal is to motivate young people to take action around social changes through national campaigns and grants for projects that make an impact. Visit their website at www.dosomething.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities to support causes like human rights, education, anti-bullying, homelessness and poverty.

Local volunteer opportunities for Teens:

House of Hope Food Pantry (Ages 13+)
Envision Valley Stream
Valley Stream Junior Fire Fighters
Henry Waldinger Memorial Library
Valley Stream Police Auxiliary Police 

If you know of any more volunteer opportunities for Teens, please share in the comment box below.

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