Some school officials even think it’s necessary.

They require it before a teen graduates high school.

Why? Community service strengthens a teen’s college or job applications. It teaches responsibility. It builds self-esteem. And it makes teens aware of needs outside their family and circle of friends.

But what type of service should your teen do?

Help your teen discover what is lacking in your town. Call the local homeless shelter. Are they running low on soap and shampoo? He could organize a collection drive.

What about the kids he sees playing basketball on the street every day? Maybe he can coach them.

Does a local park look shabby? He can clean it up and plant


Once your teen has a plan, have him make some calls. A local official may be willing to help. Or a local business may donate funds to the cause.

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