teen volunteering

Lion’s Heart in the News – Follow the Leader in OC Parenting Magazine

Teaching young people to become leaders in society, what could be better than that? Check out this great article in OC Parenting Magazine about teen opportunities in Orange County, California. Lion’s Heart was mentioned not only as a great place to gain leadership skills bit also focused on our recent bullying prevention event. Check it out here.

When does the college application process really start?

Many assume that the college application process begins the fall of senior year. That’s when you should start writing your essays, prepare for any required standardized testing, and visit the universities you’re interested in. While that’s true, most of your college application has already been completed before senior year even begins.

Your college application is a summary of everything you’ve accomplished in high school academically and personally. The AP classes you’ve taken, or the IB courses you’ve selected, give an indication of the field of interests you may be attracted to. Your extracurriculars reflect what your personal interests are, and where your passion lies. In other words, when senior year rolls around, picking up additional extracurriculars or stacking up volunteering hours won’t add any substance to your applications. Just like you shouldn’t lie about who you are in your personal statement, don’t do anything just to impress the admissions officers.

For Lion’s Heart members, your dedication to volunteer work and the support you provide to your community will immediately be clear to the admissions team at any university. Demonstrate the impact it has had on your personal and professional development. What has it inspired you to do? What have you learned by volunteering at an animal’s shelter? Or at a hospital?

It’s easy to fall into the trap thinking that the “volunteer work” personal statement topic is overdone, but if that’s what best reflect who you are, you shouldn’t let that stop you. Take a look at how other’s have done it before you and be inspired to craft the best version of your application. We have curated 3 different packages of 5 successful application profiles that feature personal statements written on volunteer work.

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Choosing which university to apply to is difficult. Make an informed decision by using AdmitSee’s searchable database of successful application materials, including essays, test scores and advice.

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Personal statements from students who got in to the colleges of their dreams!

As a member of Lion’s Heart, you know better than I do what volunteering can do for others and yourself. It must be a breath of fresh air to get away from the traditional setting of a high school and meet new people at every volunteering event.

It’s often inspiring to cross paths with people you’d never otherwise meet, and exciting to gain new perspectives on matters you didn’t know mattered to you. This reason alone has enabled many college applicants to discuss their journey and transformation as a volunteer worker in their personal statement.

Check out how students from Tufts, Dartmouth and WashU conveyed their personalities in the following successful excerpts:

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Tufts University ’ 18

It’s last period on a Friday. The long-awaited final bell rings; automatically, my classmates quickly pack up and join the stream of students that surges down every hallway. I join the current, but instead of following the stream through the exit, I turn and ascend the stairs to our school’s library. Walking past the students scrambling to finish essays, I join my fellow National Honor Society members in the back of the room. Though many may deem it an unconventional — perhaps even wasteful — way to start the weekend, NHS’ Friday meetings in the library are the 45 most-cherished minutes of my week. Read on.

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Dartmouth College ‘20

Ah, stress: while I can’t simply wave a magic wand and make it disappear, that won’t stop me from trying to find a solution. Behind my test scores, transcript, and list of extracurricular activities, I, like many of my peers, struggle with academic-related stress. Whether I’m studying for calculus tests, memorizing lines for the school play, or filling out college applications, I’m stressed. View full essay.WashUCaliBoy.pngWashUCaliBoy

Washington University in St. Louis ‘20

It’s hard to imagine life without clean water, insulated housing, and readily available health care. Ecuadorian villagers live this life every day. During this past summer, I joined a medical humanitarian effort as a health teacher to teach hygienic habits to these Ecuadorian villagers. During my time in the Ecuadorian highlands, I tried my best to offer services to the Ecuadorians who had limited access to severely strained medical facilities. View full profile.

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We Love Our Summer Interns!

In May 2016, Lion’s Heart staff began interviewing twenty-six Lion’s Heart teen Members for a summer internship in the Laguna Hills, California, corporate offices. Each potential intern provided a writing sample telling a little about themselves and why they wanted the summer internship. All twenty-six came in for a face to face interview, for some, it was their first interview ever. The teens, ranging from thirteen to seventeen years old, were truly wonderful people with so many amazing talents. Some were nervous, some were confident. One even arrived in a suit and tie! We eventually selected six interns to spend their summer working in our office with our staff on a variety of interesting projects.

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“Our goal was to give the interns a glimpse of how our operations work while allowing them to have a rich and educational intern experience,” said Terry Corwin, Lion’s Heart Founder and Executive Director. “They have all been given a variety of assignments such as making videos to share on social media, writing blog posts, researching volunteer outreach programs, whiteboard sessions on ideas for marketing, auditing volunteer logs, and much more.”

Lion’s Heart is so thankful for all six of our volunteers; Madison, Taylor, Reese, Julia, Matt and Kevin. They worked tirelessly, never complained, and were so productive. In the past three months, Lion’s Heart Teen Volunteer interns amassed a whopping 182.5 volunteer hours and finished 11 large projects which included making a fun video on what they love about volunteering with Lion’s Heart, researching the civic 50 corporations, guest blogging, reaching out to parents, alumni, and non-profits, getting booths in high school events, and listing Lion’s Heart on all the community directories they could find. Our interns became part of our Lion’s Heart family and while we are sad to see them go, we wish them all the best on their journeys and we welcome them back anytime.

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We will be showcasing each of our interns on the blog and social media this week so keep checking back!

We look forward to selecting a new batch of interns from our fantastic Members next summer so if anyone is interested in joining us, keep an eye out for our email coming next spring!

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