Does your teen like animals? He might enjoy volunteering at your local animal shelter or rescue group.
The web site www.petfinder.com lets you search for local animal shelters, sign up to be a volunteer, learn about pets, and gather other information related to pet care.
Your local hospice or hospital will also appreciate your teen’s help. Many patients are without friends or family and would benefit greatly from your teenager’s visit.
Other volunteer opportunities exist at your local church, soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
The benefits of volunteering are twofold. Besides teaching your teen the joy of giving to others, your teen will also gather volunteer hours for their high school graduation or college applications. Many colleges require essays on such activities, and volunteering, especially in their future field of study, will greatly improve their chances for acceptance.