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7 Great Ways to Give Back This Week, or Better Yet, All Year Round!

What better time to talk about serving your community than National Volunteer Week? Teens not only show compassion and empathy for their favorite causes, while they learn to lead and boost their college resumes in the process.

Research shows that teens who volunteer are happier and feel more connected to others in their community. We encourage you to get out there and volunteer!

Here are 7 easy ways you and your teen can volunteer this week:

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  1. Animal Shelters

Local animal shelters almost always need volunteers. You can be a dog walker, do administrative work, or even be a pet soother. Fostering an animal is also a wonderful way to give back. Volunteer Match has a lot of animal based volunteer opportunities and you can also visit the Humane Society for a list of shelters near you.

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  1. Food Banks or Soup Kitchens

Food pantries and soup kitchens can always use a hand organizing a local food drive or serving hot meals to those in need. FoodPantries.org and Feeding America is a great way to find a place that needs volunteers!

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  1. Community or National Parks/Beaches

Go outdoors and enjoy the scenery while helping to clean up at the beach or local park. Try Volunteer Clean Up to find activities near you.

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  1. Red Cross

You can give blood, or you can volunteer with the American Red Cross. They have a youth sign-up form on their website.

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  1. Local Libraries

Libraries usually need help organizing the book shelves, helping kids with their homework, and special events like book signings and special programs. Libraries, also, typically have a summer reading program where teens can volunteer to read to the younger kids over their summer break. Check your local library!

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  1. Retirement Homes/Senior Centers

Find your local senior center. You can offer to run errands or be a companion for a senior. Check out Create the Good and Elder Helpers.

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  1. Champion Your Own Cause

Care about the drought?  Children in war-torn areas?  A specific disease that’s affected a friend or family member?  The opportunity to make a difference stretches as far as your imagination. DoSomething.Org has some great examples of do-it-yourself service projects.

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So, BE the change you want to see in the world!

To join Lion’s Heart and get handcrafted, local, teen-friendly volunteer opportunities sent right to your inbox, click here. We inspire teens to have a positive impact in their communities through leadership and participation in volunteering, providing needed resources for causes that ignite their passions. To learn more visit us here.

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Written by Steph Hicks, Lion’s Heart Digital Marketing and Creative Director. Steph has two teenagers and two furry mutts and loves to read, paint, and volunteer in her spare time.

 

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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When should students be preparing for the college application?

When should students be preparing for the college application? Depending on who you ask, the answer might be as early as when parents are selecting which kindergarten their kids should go to.

The truth is students should only start preparing for it when they decide they want to pursue higher education. College isn’t for everyone and it isn’t a path that can be predetermined by where parents decide to enroll their toddlers. When you do come to across a desire to apply to college, here are a few things you should focus on throughout high school:

Intellectual Curiosity

Stay curious. This probably goes without saying, because if you’re interested in continuing education, chances are you want to keep learning. This will keep you on your toes, on the edge of your seat as you take risks, seek for adventures and discover what you’re passionate about. Naturally, this will come in the forms of your club activities, extracurriculars, research, independent studies, and so on. Don’t stress yourself out with the need to fulfill a checklist of things that show you’re a well-rounded student.

Confidence

Many teenagers have a difficult time finding their confidence. You’re going through puberty, you’ve just enrolled at a new high school with new classmates, and you may not know what you’re good at yet. Truth is everyone feels the same way. The trick is to embrace what you do know. Love your own quirks, interests and don’t be afraid of showing who you are. Even if you have different passions, there’s something charming about a confident person that will help you make new friends and find a place for you to fit in.

Work Ethic

Developing a good work ethic is not only important in school, but also in life. Having a good work ethic doesn’t just mean working hard. It means you’re willing to help others out, support your teammate or classmate, and willing to do more than is expected. Good grades will come naturally, and you’ll also perform better on the field in sports.

These 3 key points may seem abstract, but if you’re applying to college, it will translate into a strong application.

Choosing where to go to college is an incredibly important decision. Make an informed choice by talking to current students on our mentorship platform. Access 60,000+ successful college application files uploaded by college students. AdmitSee is a community of students helping students. Our goal is to bring much-needed transparency to higher education.

Written by Frances Wong at AdmitSee. AdmitSee is a peer-to-peer college and grad school admissions platform. Access our crowd-sourced database to read applications, essays and advice direct from the students who got in. Find out how you compare.

 

Lion’s Heart Senior Spotlight – Everett J.

Lion’s Heart has made serving the community easy for teenagers like me. Through Lion’s Heart, I have had access to many different service opportunities that I could participate in i.e. Second Harvest Food Bank, NEGU, Relay for Life, Soup Kitchen’s, summer camps, etc…. I was motivated to help others with my service and felt a sense of joy from serving. It is very rewarding to be a servant of others.

Next year, I will be studying Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I am excited to find ways that I can get involved in college and continue to give back to my school and community.

Thank you, Everett, for sharing your story! Everett was a Member of the Foothill Ranch 2016 Boys Blue Group since 2012. Good luck at Cal Poly SLO in the fall!