9. Join a Volunteer Service Program
Volunteer work can teach teenagers and young adults a lot of valuable life lessons. Whether you want to learn the importance of giving back to the community or you're hoping to gain some valuable skills that will help you in your future job, there are lots of local volunteer opportunities. See the list below.

AmeriCorps places thousands of people into intensive service positions where they learn valuable skills, earn money for education, and develop a strong sense of civic responsibility.

Race for the Cure is looking for volunteers to organize a group to run or walk and raise money for breast cancer research.

Blood Drive connects you with the Red Cross to organize a drive at your school. Donors must be 18+ to participate, or 17 with parental permission.

Be the Match Registry recruits others to join the bone marrow registry. You could also volunteer and join events to fundraise for the organization.

DoSomething.org is mobilizing young people in every US area code and in 131 countries! Sign up for a volunteer, social change, or civic action campaign to make real-world impact on a cause you care about.

Special Olympics offers many ways to for you to volunteer and make a difference. There are short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities, the option of playing Unified Sports and to become a Special Olympics athlete.

Go Overseas is a website that will allow you to volunteer from outside the U.S. and want to experience this vast, diverse nation as a volunteer, or you're an American looking to travel outside your hometown, this guide will help you figure out what sort of volunteer projects you can do based on region.

Girls on the Run is a volunteer opportunity for teaching young girls about the benefits of running while also mentoring them as community members. Women offer to become a buddy, pairing up with a young girl in their community to help them prepare to run a 5K marathon.

Project Linus will widen your horizons by connecting you with other crafters, young and old, while creating something special for children in need.

Water is Life is committed to providing solutions in villages and communities that are desperately in need of hygienic drinking water and sanitation. Opportunities to travel to countries and help build facilities to treat water are available, and volunteer positions are open for all levels of involvement.

Love Volunteers offers a life-changing intercultural experiences. Truly rewarding volunteer and internship opportunities in developing countries around the world!

Watsi is a digitally focused health nonprofit that is redefining charitable giving for millennials. Watsi offers real time tracking of where money donated goes, from basic medical services to surgeries. Millennials want to know that their money is making a difference, and Watsi offers that reassurance.

VolunterMatch is the most effective way to recruit highly qualified volunteers for your nonprofit. We match you with people who are passionate about and committed to your cause, and who can help when and where you need them.

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

HelpX is an online listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.

City Year helps to close gaps in high-need schools by supporting students' academic and social-emotional development while also providing schools with the additional capacity to enhance school culture and climate.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) knows that service works, which is why they are committed to improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering.

Senior Corps volunteers make a big difference in the communities they serve, and they see a big difference in their own morale and health. Almost two-thirds of Senior Corps volunteers report a decrease in feelings of isolation, and 67% of those who first reported that they “often” lack companionship, report improved social connections after serving.

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