With school out and long, often sunny days ahead, summer is a great time for children and teens to spend time giving back. Volunteering teaches young people the power of helping others. And a significant body of research shows that doing things for others can deliver a host of mental and physical health benefits, it’s good for them, too.
Children and teenagers are more likely to get excited about volunteer opportunities that reflect their interests and concerns. So, to get started, have a conversation with your child or teenager about what’s important to them and what causes they care about. From animal welfare and taking care of the environment to fighting hunger and making people feel less lonely, there are plenty of ways children of all ages can give back.
This is just a small collection of the many ways children of all ages can volunteer. But don’t be limited by a list. Work with the children in your life to come up with creative ways they can make a difference for the causes and issues they care about.