Volunteering – Back To School

Back to school time opens up new opportunities for students not only in the academic and athletic areas, but in volunteering as well. In Florida, high school students need to have 75 volunteer hours in order to qualify for a state funded scholarship program named Bright Futures (among other criteria). Middle school students are often provided opportunities to volunteer either during school time or after school.

For the younger students, middle school and even elementary school, volunteering or community service, is a means for them to learn about helping others in need, to learn about compassion, to recognize that there are different cultures and socioeconomic levels, to meet children, youth and adults with disabilities and to learn about other differences among people. Volunteering can help a child with low self esteem become more confident, a sad child become more content and a child who feels left out feel that they belong. In giving back, they get back and learn valuable life long lessons.

This is true with middle school and high school students as well. Especially among teenagers, there is the belief that nothing bad can happen to them. They may live recklessly by driving without a seat belt and taking part in other risky behaviors. If they have the opportunity to take part in a volunteer program or a teen summer community service program with people who have been injured by risky behaviors, they may change their lives permanently. Volunteering can lead to changes in behavior, a commitment to further education (college, etc.), a career and a life long interest in community service.

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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  1. My last two children just entered high school this past week and I already have them lined up for volunteering but they have always been involved in other projects so this should be easy for them to do.

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