In this day and age when some young people aim to earn the most likes on social media or score the most victory points in a game, Lion’s Heart teens are achieving a different kind of milestone–giving over one million hours of community service!
But what exactly is Lion’s Heart? This innovative nonprofit connects 6th-12th grade students with local volunteer opportunities within 20 miles of their zip code. Teens set goals, track hours, earn leadership awards, connect with important causes, and export a unique service portfolio to use on scholarship, college, and career applications. There’s even a dedicated podcast, TOBY Talk (“think of others before yourself”), for teens and parents to enjoy.
Lion’s Heart is the brainchild of Orange County mom and entrepreneur, Terry Corwin, who started operations right out of her Trabuco Canyon home in 2004 with a small but eager group of 20 teenage members. Under her enthusiastic leadership, the organization has grown rapidly over the years–connecting nearly 10,000 teens (grades 6-12) nationwide to causes they care about while also providing them with fun, enriching program experiences that help them achieve their goals. Corwin currently sits on the organization’s Board of Directors.
This fall, Lion’s Heart teens surpassed giving OVER ONE MILLION HOURS of their time to volunteering in their communities! In Orange County alone, nearly 4,000 teen members regularly give their time to a wide range of causes–including animal care, veteran services, children’s hospital programs, youth sports camps, anti-bullying, homelessness, environmental protection, and so much more. In fact, the average Lion’s Heart teen gives an average of 52 service hours per month and over 40% of members earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award each year, meaning many members are giving 100 hours or more on an annual basis.
Scott Cole is a student at San Juan Hills High School and has been an active member of Lion’s Heart since 2013. He regularly volunteers at Mission Hospital every week, distributing care packages and talking with patients, visitors, and employees. Volunteering has played a huge role in his life and Lion’s Heart is proud to support his goals.
“Volunteering with Lion’s Heart has been very beneficial for me,” says Scott. “After seeing the impact of how my volunteer work has helped others, the idea of positively influencing somebody’s life keeps me interested and always wanting to do more. The biggest surprises I have received from serving others is how even the smallest amount of kindness can really touch someone and how good it makes me feel to help others.”
Thank you to each and every Lion’s Heart teen, adult volunteer, and community partner who has selflessly given their time over the years to make a positive difference in the lives of others. You are a true inspiration and your hard work is appreciated. Congratulations on this tremendous milestone!
Are you a parent or teen interested in forming a Lion’s Heart chapter in your neighborhood? Are you a nonprofit in need of volunteers? Visit lionsheartservice.org to learn about our chapters and how to get started today!
Plus, support Lion’s Heart teens by donating online or visiting the Anaheim Hills Nekter Juice Bar on #GivingTuesday November 27th anytime between 7:30am-7:30pm PST. 20% of your purchase on this day (at this location only) will be donated back to Lion’s Heart, supporting volunteer programs and services for teens in Orange County and beyond.