Volunteering: The Ultimate Teen Guide

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Scarecrow Press, 2004 M09 27 - 136 pages
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.

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Contents

1 Being a Volunteer
1
2 Building and Repairing
11
3 Closing the Generation Gap
21
4 Helping with Health Care
29
5 Helping the Homeless Feeding the Hungry
43
6 Protecting the Environment and Animals
53
7 Preserving the Past
65
8 Counseling Teaching and Tutoring
75
9 Reducing Bigotry Prejudice and Racism
85
10 Campaigning Communicating and Collecting
95
11 Getting Started Reaping Rewards
107
Selected Resource Organizations
113
Index
123
About the Author
127
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Kathlyn Gay is a full-time freelance writer and author of young adult books.

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