More than 70 percent of America's 60 million young people believe they can make a difference in their communities, and the numbers support their assertions. Teenagers spend 2.4 billion hours annually in volunteer service, and their labor is worth $34.3 billion to the U.S. economy. Volunteering brings emotional satisfaction, provides opportunities for learning skills that can be used in the job market, and helps teens to make career choices. But the major reasons that teens cite for performing volunteer service is...
More than 70 percent of America's 60 million young people believe they can make a difference in their communities, and the numbers support their assertions. Teenagers spend 2.4 billion hours annually in volunteer service, and their labor is worth $34.3 billion to the U.S. economy. Volunteering brings emotional satisfaction, provides opportunities for learning skills that can be used in the job market, and helps teens to make career choices. But the major reasons that teens cite for performing volunteer service is the compassion they feel for people in need and the belief that they improve the quality of life for others. Volunteering: The Ultimate Teen Guide is a complete guide for teens who want to volunteer. Young people get a complete picture of what volunteering involves, including the personal commitment and the physical and emotional stamina, as well as the positive_and sometimes negative_consequences. This book is filled with inspiring and rewarding stories from teen volunteers who testify to the benefits and the immense personal satisfaction as a result of their volunteer efforts. Volunteering is a wonderful resource for both teens as well as those who work with teens on how to use one's time and energy to positively impact society and to gain personal satisfaction from helping others.
Gr 8 Up-This action guide is arranged by the specific areas in which young people can become involved in their communities and make a difference. Suggestions include building and repairing houses through agencies like Habitat for Humanity; working with senior citizens; helping out in hospitals and hospice care; working with organizations that feed the hungry and help the homeless; becoming active in environmental preservation efforts; working in museums to help preserve the past; camp counseling, teaching, or tutoring young children; contributing to anti-discrimination efforts; and working for political campaigns. The text is peppered with real-life stories and quotes from students across the country involved in different projects. Black-and-white photographs of teens "on the job" and personal essays about their experiences add interest. Boxed information, additional resources, tips, etc., break up the text. A list of selected organizations and Web sites provides a starting point to becoming active. While the text is somewhat dry, and the interior design of the book does not invite browsing (the combination of text and black-and-white photos is somewhat monotonous), this is a useful tool in that it provides a one-stop resource for teens interested in locating volunteer opportunities.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Gay is a full-time freelance writer who has authored and coauthored for a variety of audiences some 100 books and articles on social and environmental issues, culture, history, communications, and sports. Written for teenagers, her resource text explores the world of volunteering in the U.S., including an overview of what volunteering is, the range of opportunities that are available, the benefits of participating, and how to get started. Also included is a list of selected resource organizations to contact; each entry includes the organization's name, address, website, and brief description of its focus. For teens and those who work with teens.
Kathlyn Gay is a full-time freelance writer and has authored more than 120 books and articles. She is the author of several titles in the "It Happened to Me" series for Scarecrow, including Cultural Diversity (2003), Volunteering (2004), The Military and Teens (2008), and Body Image and Appearance (2009).
Chapter 1 1. Being a Volunteer
Chapter 2 2. Building and Repairing
Chapter 3 3. Closing the Generation Gap
Chapter 4 4. Helping with Health Care
Chapter 5 5. Helping the Homeless, Feeding the Hungry
Chapter 6 6. Protecting the Environment and Animals
Chapter 7 7. Preserving the Past
Chapter 8 8. Counseling, Teaching, and Tutoring
Chapter 9 9. Reducing Bigotry, Prejudice, and Racism
Chapter 10 10. Campaigning, Communicating, and Collecting
Chapter 11 11. Getting Started, Reaping Rewards
Chapter 12 Selected Resource Organizations
Chapter 13 Index
Chapter 14 About the Author
Kathlyn Gay is a full-time freelance writer and author of young adult books.