A would-be doctor can learn more about medicine by volunteering in a clinic. An aspiring politician might enjoy working on a political campaign.
Many colleges look at volunteer work when they are selecting students for admission. Employers, too, say that teens who volunteer often have the edge.
Here are tips on getting your student started as a volunteer and making the most of the experience:
1. Start at school. Most secondary schools have service groups and many student groups include volunteer opportunities. Whatever a student’s interest, there is probably a school organization that can help.
2. Do some research. How much time does your child have to devote to volunteer work? Is she willing to make a long-term commitment? Are other students interested in working at the same organization?
3. Keep records. Encourage your teen to keep a file of volunteer experiences. Include samples of the work, evaluations, reference letters and job descriptions. Ask supervisors to write letters of reference your child can use in future years.
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