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The Importance of Community Service in a Teen's Life

28 Nov 2022, 20:51 GMT+10


Sometimes, it's not easy to get your kids to do something that is good for them. When they're young, you can just tell them what to do and they will listen. But as they get older, they become more independent and start making their own decisions about what they want to do. As a parent, this is normal and expected — but it also means that you need to come up with some other ways of getting them involved in community service projects. Luckily, there are plenty of benefits for teens who participate in service projects!

Education and major impact on the lives of students

Community service is an important part of every student and can have a big impact on the lives of others. I created this thread from my experience and the stories of other students, after reading their essays about community service, which was a very funny and rewarding pastime.

From what I have read, students (Y2K youth) who participate in community service now feel more connected to their communities, show more empathy and compassion, acquire valuable skills such as leadership and communication, and gain access to new career opportunities, build relationships with adults outside of their family, and make connections with others in the community.

Learning to be more empathetic and compassionate

Community service can help students learn to be more empathetic and compassionate. By participating in community service projects, students are exposed to people from different backgrounds with varying needs. Through these interactions, students gain a better understanding of the community in which they live or study. This increased understanding allows students to see that everyone has struggles and challenges throughout their daily lives—struggles that may not seem obvious from an outsider's point of view. These interactions also allow for an increase in empathy and compassion for others' experiences.

Community service also provides a space where teens can feel like they belong: it creates a sense of community among fellow volunteers who are working toward the same goal; it builds relationships between volunteers and those they help; it promotes teamwork among members; it teaches critical thinking skills through problem-solving; it expands a young person's worldview by exposing them to new cultures, traditions, beliefs, and values; it helps foster leadership skills by encouraging young people to take on leadership roles within the organization; and finally, community service programs provide young people with opportunities for professional development such as resume building or networking with professionals who might become mentors down the line.

New skills - leadership and communication

Students can learn valuable skills like leadership and communication from participation in community service. Leadership is one of the most important traits that a person can acquire. The ability to lead others and get them to work together for a common goal is crucial for success in life. As teens gain experience working with others, they can build up those important leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

Students also get an opportunity to practice their communication skills by working on projects with other groups or organizations outside of school. They might need to work together to plan an event or complete certain tasks, which helps them understand how they fit into a larger group effort. In addition, students may have opportunities to speak up at meetings or write letters about issues affecting the community in order for people who are not directly involved with the project to be informed about what's going on.

Connections with other people

Volunteering can help you connect with other people in the community. If your school has a service-learning program, you'll get to meet new people and make friends. Even if your school doesn't have a formal service-learning program, you can still make connections while volunteering by meeting other teens who are involved in community service projects or attending events where many students volunteer together.

Students can make a difference in their communities

If you're a student looking for ways to get involved in your community, you'll find no shortage of opportunities.

As part of the school curriculum or as an extracurricular activity, service learning programs can be an important part of a student's education. These programs often encourage students to learn more about the communities they live in by engaging with others who are less fortunate than them. In addition to providing valuable lessons in empathy and compassion, these experiences can also help students develop skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. This includes leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills - all essential attributes when it comes time for college or university applications!

Ability to get scholarships for university if you do a lot of community service

It's important to note that community service isn't just for students who are good at school. There are scholarships available for teens who do a lot of community service, and these scholarships can be used to pay for college. Some examples of these kinds of scholarships include:

  • The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship awards four $10,000 U.S.-based 'Awards' annually to high school juniors from around the world who will use their skills and experiences in international service as ambassadors for peace at home and abroad.
  • The International Student Ambassador Program (ISAP) is an annual competition where students compete in writing, art/photography, and public speaking/debate. The winners receive free airfare to London or Paris along with other prizes such as hotel accommodations and meals during their stay there; they also get an opportunity to meet some famous people like Queen Elizabeth II herself!

Learning such an important skill as balance

Community service is a great way for students to learn how to balance their time between schoolwork and helping others. In addition to being beneficial for the community, it can also be an essential life lesson for the student. The best way for a student to learn how to balance these things is by having some structure or routine in place. For example, if you have class from 8 am until noon every day, this would allow you time before and after school for community service activities unrelated to your classes (such as volunteering at a local animal shelter).


Whether it's time spent helping others or socializing with peers, community service is a great way for teens to learn about themselves and the world. It's also an important part of education because it teaches students social skills and builds their confidence. By participating in service projects, your child can build leadership skills and discover new talents that will help them in their future careers.

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