School is officially in session! Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean volunteering has to stop. Jonathan Hoepner, former member of YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board, shares five reasons for volunteering in high school.
Five Reasons volunteering in high school is important:
- Scholarships: While you are in high school you have to think forward to college. College is expensive and one way to pay for college is through scholarships. If you volunteer in high school you can make yourself more eligible for those scholarships. Some organizations, like YVC, could also offer scholarships for volunteering with them. Volunteering shows that you are hardworking and your love for your community.
- College Resumes: Colleges look at what you do to see if they should accept you. Volunteering can show that you are a good person and someone who has the community in mind. Volunteering can also help you to get into a sorority or fraternity.
- Employment: Employers look for hard workers and that is what volunteers are. Volunteering demonstrates that you are committed. Also, the leadership skills you learn through volunteering can make you a better leader in the workplace.
- School Requirements: Some schools require service hours to graduate. Others have an optional service hours program. In either case, volunteering can help you graduate from high school.
- Socializing: Volunteering is a great way to network and meet new people. Anyone can volunteer and it can create lasting friendships through shared experiences. People who volunteer are often good leaders and even better friends.
Check with your local Youth Volunteer Corps chapter to see what volunteer opportunities are available. Get out there and VOLUNTEER!
Jonathan Hoepner attends Manhattan High School in Manhattan, Kansas. He has been a member of the YVC program for several years. During his time with YVC, he has volunteered at more than 110 service projects and has served on the YVC Advisory Board. He is also an active member in Kansas 4-H serving as a 4-H Ambassador and Junior Project Leader. His high school activities include serving as the Electrical Team Leader for his high school robotics team and National Honor Society. He enjoys volunteering, competing with his dog, and spending time with his family.