In fifth grade, my teacher challenged every kid in my class to “do something to change the world. Starting today.” Every eleven-year-old in the room nodded, hopeful but also doubtful. Change the world, you mean, like, plant a tree? I wondered. What could a fifth-grader do the change the world?
One of my friends decided she was going to volunteer at an animal shelter. She did all the research, and found exactly one shelter in all of Seattle that did not specify the minimum volunteer age. This was Animal Talk Rescue, a non-profit, no-kill hole-in-the-wall with an owner who might have been just a little crazy. In a good way, of course. My entire friend group decided to start working there, and over the next two years I logged over 100 hours cleaning mice cages and feeding the iguana (his name was Boot). It was a good way to get started volunteering, but didn’t really offer me any experience I could actually use.
I stopped going to Animal Talk somewhere in the seventh grade, mostly because I didn’t feel I was of any use. My friends and I were not the only ones who had struggled to find suitable volunteer locations, it seemed. Because of its lack of a minimum volunteer age, the people at Animal Talk were almost exclusively high-schoolers struggling to complete their service learning credit. There were so many kids who wanted to work there, you had to sign up for spots sometimes months in advance. I couldn’t help but wonder, am I really doing anything worthwhile, or am I just filling another spot? Continue reading →
The Teen Adviser program is for high school aged youth (aged 14-19) interested in the library and leadership. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who want to make a difference in the library as well as the community. Participants receive community service learning credit.
Attend 1.5 hour monthly meeting (for three months)
Complete 3-8 hours of additional service
Volunteering at events or running the programs you develop
Working with a variety of media to document or market an event.
If this interests you our first meeting is November 5th at 4 PM. Additional details including directions to the branch and a link to the application found at the SPL website.
We are looking for reliable, creative, and motivatedteens for a fun and intensive summer volunteer experience. Volunteers will assist with library programs, help design and present a program for teens, and gain or improve the following skills: project management, money management, public speaking, instruction, publicity, and more. Get a jump on those required volunteer hours and have fun at the same time @ your library!
Must be 14 years of age and enrolled in high school
Must attend volunteer orientation Mon, 6/23
Must attend and present a program for teens on Fri, 8/1
Must be able to: work well with others, be a self-starter, and be reliable
If you’re interested in writing editorials and poems or producing artwork and illustrating comics for service hours, Be! Magazine is an excellent non-profit organization for you to consider. Continue reading →