Volunteering is a great way to raise the social consciousness of anybody, but is especially helpful for parents who want to broaden the horizons of their teenagers. Teens who volunteer are more likely to stay out of trouble in after school hours, have better grades, and stay in school. It is more than just a good thing to put on the college applications. Volunteering can help make teens better people.
There are many places where teens can volunteer in their community. Some may choose to read to seniors at a nursing home, while others may choose to pick up trash at the local park. Working in the nursery at their place of worship is often a role that teens enjoy taking on while volunteering.
There are places to volunteer that help animals, such as the local pet shelter or small animal hospital. For teens who love animals, this is a great way to work with them, help them, and possibly even learn a little more about them. A teen who wants to grow up to be a veterinarian may find out about working with a veterinarian for the experience, as a volunteer.
Helping sort donations at a homeless shelter or a food bank can be another idea for teens who are unsure about volunteering or are a bit shy. They can do something worthwhile without a lot of interaction with others. In fact, volunteering to do something that makes them uncomfortable can help them get over the fear altogether.
Organizations like Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are good places to learn more about volunteering. They often focus on it within their programs and encourage their participants to engage actively in community service and raise their social awareness.