Volunteering can be an invaluable experience for your child that broadens his perspective and helps him get ready for college and a career. It's not too early for your child to begin a lifelong commitment to helping others.
Whether your child builds houses for the homeless or mails flyers for a local politician, she will experience the real world through hands-on work. She can use this experience to explore her major or career interests.
Your child may be able to get academic credit for his volunteer work through service learning. This is a teaching method that integrates hands-on learning (through service to the community) into the school curriculum. It's available in some high schools and colleges, as well as in earlier grades. Your child can find out if his school offers service-learning by visiting the Learn and Serve Web site.
Your child can send a signal that she would be an asset to a college community. Colleges pay attention to life inside and outside the classroom. Extracurricular activities reveal a great deal about your child, such as what her interests are, whether she can manage her priorities and maintain a long-term commitment, what diversity she would bring to the student body, and how she has made a meaningful contribution to something.
Volunteering brings together a variety of people. Both the recipients of your child's volunteer efforts and his co-workers can be rich sources of insight. For example, he may learn about the legal profession from a former lawyer he visits at a convalescent center.
Sign up for our free newsletter and we'll send you
more just like it every week.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for , including performance data and recently posted user reviews.