But if your teen can find

just one hour a week, she can do something significant to help others and herself.

Service opportunities are everywhere. She can serve:

• A family member. For example, she could give a younger sibling regular help with homework.

• Through school. At most high schools, this is as easy as joining a service club. (Ask a counselor if you’re not sure which clubs qualify.) Once your teen joins, she will be put to work!

• Through the community. For example, most communities have some type of charity event (such as a “Fun Run” to raise money for cancer patients) at some point in the year. These events take months to plan and carry out. And planners need lots of volunteers!

Community service can build or strengthen good qualities such as these:

• Respect. Service naturally attracts hard-working, caring and devoted people. Your teen will learn to appreciate this. And others will appreciate her for joining them.

• Getting along in a group. Working with others who believe in a common goal is a great way to foster this skill.

• Self-confidence. A true, strong self-concept doesn’t happen by having people tell you you’re wonderful. It happens as the result of satisfaction that you have done something important (no matter how small) and done it well.

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