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What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

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2/03/17

My favorite volunteer experience is working as a VolunTEEN at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. I started volunteering for the program two summers ago, and I worked in both the Day Surgery and the Gift Shop departments. I loved the experience because I got to interact with patients,... Read More

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Favorite Volunteer Experience: Salvation Army

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by: Alex T.
1/22/17

Working with the Salvation Army for these past two years has been something I will never forget. The experience is really eye opening if you pay attention to what's going on. The Salvation Army is a organization that helps the surrounding community, and I usually work with them around Christmas... Read More

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Caring 4 kids

by: logan w.
3/21/17

I really loved working with kids over the summer and during school; reading to them and developing close connections with them as well. I titled my blog 'Caring 4 Kids' because the number 4 gave insight as to the age group I worked with. it is such a great experience when you can share a bond... Read More

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Books For Africa

by: Quiana .
3/20/17

I am honored to be apart of a mentoring program called College Map which is partnered with the employees of Ernst & Young. Through this program I was able to volunteer at an organization called Books for Africa. Books for Africa finds, packages, and send books to Africa for the children who... Read More

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volunteering is a teacher

by: A'yana G.
3/20/17

Gaining confidence, making  difference, meeting new people, being a part of the community, learning new skills, taking on a challenge, and HAVING FUN is what volunteering is all about!Community service involvement is important because volunteering teaches people of all ages and backgrounds... Read More

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Make a change

by: A'yana G.
3/20/17

Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of communities worldwide.

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What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

3/16/17

My favorite volunteer experience was working on my leadership program's medallion project, which was to educate peers on the various types of domestic violence and to help them acknowledge that it is taking place. This experience will always stay with me, because I learned so much not just about... Read More

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What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

3/16/17

My favorite volunteer experience was working on my leadership program's medallion project, which was to educate peers on the various types of domestic violence and to help them acknowledge that it is taking place. This experience will always stay with me, because I learned so much not just about... Read More

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Describe your first volunteer experience, what did you learn?

3/16/17

One of my first volunteer experiences was volunteering at my high school and helping underclassmen with their homework assignments and projects. I know I made a difference in their motivation level from when they first stepped into high school, because they started taking their work more... Read More

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Describe your first volunteer experience, what did you learn?

3/16/17

One of my first volunteer experiences was volunteering at my high school and helping underclassmen with their homework assignments and projects. I know I made a difference in their motivation level from when they first stepped into high school, because they started taking their work more... Read More

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Humans in harmony

by: Nyema R.
3/15/17

Human Rights is a very shaky topic in todays society. There are many opinions about what things should be in the world. Everyone should have the same rights even though it is not like that today. One thing that everyone has in common is that  we all are human. With that being said i believe that... Read More

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End bullying now!

by: Nyema R.
3/15/17

Many kids suffer from bullying. Suicides are common today than they ever were. Something as simple as talking about how someone looks can hurt them and make them harm themselves.  Online bullying is also worst than it ever was. Nowadays we have social media which can open the door to more... Read More

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Local Library Volunteer

by: Kiara D.
3/14/17

The service program that has been most meaningful to me is my role and volunteer work at my local library. I have been volunteering at this library since I was a freshman. At the library I assist staff members by sorting and cataloging incoming and outgoing books. I also stack books on the... Read More

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Most Memorable Volunteer Activity

by: Kiara D.
3/14/17

Last summer I had the opportunity to go to Portland Maine, to the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. I went sailing and lived on a boat for the first time in the North Atlantic Ocean. While on this trip my group and I volunteered with a local organization in Maine to help clean up the shore... Read More

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Girl Power

3/12/17

During the school year, I host a girl empowerment group at the Whitehead Boys and Girls Club. I recruit girls from ages six to eighteen. We talk about current issues such as school, sports, and their perspective of the world. One 8-year-old stated that "I want to be rich". I explained to her... Read More

My favorite activity

by: Zoe A.
3/10/17

I went to the Dominican Republic for a service activity one summer, spending a total of one week there. We worked with other students from America to help young girls in the poverty-stricken part of Cabarete at the Mariposa Foundation, a center for youth girls in the area. I had so much fun... Read More

Volunteer experience: PGA Tour

by: Zoe A.
3/10/17

The PGA Tour is a golf tour that comes to Atlanta every year. For the past three years, I have participated as a Standard Bearer, and it was definitely hard work on the days where the weather wasn't the best. Standard Bearers are the walking score carriers, meaning there are two teens that carry... Read More

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What was your favorite summer volunteer experience?

3/09/17

My favorite summer volunteer experience was working at Grady Memorial Hospital teen volunteer service. I started volunteering for the program in the summer for two consecutive years and I worked in the Intensive Care Unit and customer service area. I enjoyed the experience because I got to... Read More

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Basketball Manger Experience

3/09/17

After my marching band season is over, I volunteer to be the basketball manager for the boys varsity basketball team. When I was volunteering I would sort the uniforms, make sure water was available and do their stats. Helping the basketball team was fun because we go on trips because we went to... Read More

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What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

by: Quinci W.
3/08/17

My favorite volunteer experience was volunteering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  The Atlanta Community Food Bank partners with the community and many non- profit organizations to distribute food and other health necessities to community kitchens, shelters, children, adult and senior... Read More

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Comfort for Sickle Cell

by: Quinci W.
3/08/17

Starting in 2016, I created my own service project/experience, titled "Comfort for Sickle Cell". I partnered with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Hughes Spalding children's hospital. The project is a stuffed animal drive dedicated to patients who have sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is... Read More

How my artistic experience helped me in raising money for an organization

by: Skylar K.
3/06/17

I was asked to do an assignment in my English class in High School. It was a special project where we were able to choose any topic which interested us, and we were to work on it every week for 5 weeks of class. I was thinking of a topic which related to me and decided that I would create... Read More

What I have learned with volunteering in my community...

by: Skylar K.
3/06/17

I have learned that volunteering and giving my service to the community is so important. It has helped me understand that I am lucky to have many things I have in life including my health and my loving family. I was fortunate enough to volunteer for the local sports recreation league for special... Read More

Energized Young People Are...

by: Carmen M.
2/20/17

...we are discovering ways to connect with our communities and community leaders in ways that support Healthy Living and educating the population. We are speaking out against violence and insensitivity across the globe. Each day, if only one person offers a smiling face or a helping hand to... Read More

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What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

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2/03/17

My favorite volunteer experience is working as a VolunTEEN at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. I started volunteering for the program two summers ago, and I worked in both the Day Surgery and the Gift Shop departments. I loved the experience because I got to interact with patients,... Read More

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How do you plan to continue giving back after high school?

2/03/17

In high school, I learned to love volunteering and giving back to the community, and after high school, I plan to never stop. I mentioned that my favorite volunteer experience has been working at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Luckily enough, the college I am going to is located... Read More

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Favorite Volunteer Experience: Salvation Army

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by: Alex T.
1/22/17

Working with the Salvation Army for these past two years has been something I will never forget. The experience is really eye opening if you pay attention to what's going on. The Salvation Army is a organization that helps the surrounding community, and I usually work with them around Christmas... Read More

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Fashion Show Experience- What I learned while working in my community?

by: Alex T.
1/22/17

The end product of putting together a fashion show doesn't show how much work actually goes into it. In 10th grade, I was blessed to work with the school fashion show as a volunteer and I must say I was shocked. The fashion show was at 8, but we had to be there by 1. The stage had been in the... Read More

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Technoacademy

1/16/17

I volunteered yesterday at an active older adult community on behalf of YMSL and Technoacademy.  I helped residents of this community with their Iphones.  I set up one lady's Icloud, adjusted the size of text for another, and helped with other questions.  The residents were so thankful for the... Read More

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What is Art?

by: Alex T.
1/14/17

Everybody has their own idea of Art. Art is such a broad topic, but it gives people the ability to have their own picture in their head of what they think art is. To my friends, the type of art they enjoy is paint on a canvas and pen to paper, full of vibrant colors and a picture that lets their... Read More

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Young Black Man In America

by: Alex T.
1/14/17

"If you get pulled over, call me right away, put me on speaker phone and keep your hands where the officer can see them." This was advice given to a young black teenager by their worried mom because of everything that's going on right now. Everyone on the outside can sympathize with us, but can... Read More

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My First Volunteering Experience

by: Pierce C.
1/08/17

My first volunteering experience was interesting, I found myself in an uncomfortable situation helping children and teenagers with disabilities ride horses. As a new member of the Young Men's Service League, I volunteered at Special Equestrians of Georgia, a non-profit hippotherapy horse farm.... Read More

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Giving Back After High School

by: Pierce C.
1/08/17

Serving during high school has been a blessing, teaching me many lessons and providing me with excellent opportunities to help others. I want to continue to serve after high school in order to continue to learn. I plan on finding an on campus program that has preexisting bonds with many... Read More

Meals By Grace

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by: Sydney B.
1/06/17

Meals By Grace is an local organization that helps prepare food for people in need. Every Sunday they host a Service Day where volunteers can come to sort and deliver a week's worth of food to families in our community. One Sunday I had the great pleasure of joining the Meals By Grace team and... Read More

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Girl talk

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by: Quiana .
1/05/17

While volunteering at the Boys & Girls, I was honored to organize a group called Girl Talk.  With in this group, I helped talk to the girls about hygiene, attitudes, academics and how they could give back to their community.  So far, some of them have began to draft ideas on how they can... Read More

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The Reflection On Helping Teachers

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12/20/16

Helping teachers organize their classrooms over the summer of 2016 was the most rewarding experience that I ever had. I love being able to take time out of my schedule to help teachers prepare for another school year. It required a lot of patience, hard-work, and determination, but I was able to... Read More

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What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

12/20/16

I did so many community service projects last year and throughout the beginning year of 2016, that it's hard to pick a favorite volunteer experience. My favorite volunteer experience will have to be volunteering at the Atlanta arts festival at Piedmont Park. It was a really cool, surreal... Read More

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What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

12/20/16

I did so many community service projects last year and throughout the beginning year of 2016, that it's hard to pick a favorite volunteer experience. My favorite volunteer experience will have to be volunteering at the Atlanta arts festival at Piedmont Park. It was a really cool, surreal... Read More

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I Can Make A Huge Difference...

12/17/16

I can make a huge difference in the lives of others by being an influential leader who leads this young generation into the right direction. 21st Century Leaders has allowed me to focus on the skills of being a great leader, and supporting the cause for other leadership programs. A lot of my... Read More

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Community Service

by: tony s.
12/16/16

I Started Working At Ms, Bell's thift shop in September of this year. She gave me hours every time i came in & helped out. She started me at 5 hours when i assisted at the shop. I Unloaded all of the inventory that came in and helped moved the items around. i also answered any questions her... Read More

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Community Service

by: tony s.
12/16/16

I Helped out a couple of Teachers At Booker T. Washington High School. I Cleaned the golf clubs for Mr. Garner whenever he had golf practice. I arranged the lab tables For Ms. Cobie. I Was an athletic trainer for Washington's football team for about a month. I Also Went and Helped Mr. Palmer... Read More

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A Helping Hand In The Community

12/16/16

There comes a time in your life where you have to put away what you are doing in your own life, and start focusing on the things that this world is struggling with in this community. I became a 21st century leaders YLC member because I wanted to make a huge difference in the lives of others. I... Read More

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Being A Great Leader

12/16/16

As I start to prepare for more upcoming service projects for 21st century leaders, I like to take a moment and reflect on those service projects that I had done for the past few months. Looking back on those service projects, I feel a sense of gratitude and appreciation in my life. I am grateful... Read More

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Blog Topic 2: What was your favorite volunteer experience and why?

12/08/16

Ever just really didn't want to stay in the house for the summer? Summer 2016 was my year to finally get a job, start saving up for the fast approaching school year, and start buying myself all the things I've been wanting, however that wasn't my reality. Every job I applied to simply rebuffed... Read More

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Blog Topic 1: Drescribe your first volunteer experience, what did you learn?

12/08/16

My community service experience at Grady Health Systems had a great impact on me and greatly influenced my plans for the future. I was a teen volunteer for Grady during the summer of 2016 and worked a six hour shift Monday through Friday. I alternated between the emergency department and guest... Read More