Successful Summer VolunTeens Program offered again by the Summit Area YMCA

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If you are between the ages of 14 and 16, help make a difference in your community this July by volunteering your time at local non-profit organizations such as SAGE Eldercare, the Summit YMCA, and Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

Launched last year by the Summit Area YMCA, the Summer VolunTeens Program gives high school students exposure to valuable and rewarding work experiences while fulfilling community service requirements.

The Summer VolunTeens Program runs from July 8 through August 2, 2013. VolunTeens are assigned to work flexible 3-4 hour shifts (between 8:30am and 4:00 pm), two to three days each week. VolunTeens provide their time and energy to help others in the community. Last year’s program proved to be successful and a total of 7 teens learned valuable lessons and were able to utilize their abilities and contribute to the community. For example, one VolunTeen, while volunteering at SAGE Eldercare, noticed one of the seniors sitting alone and not interacting with anyone. She soon found out that he was Ukrainian and could not read or speak English very well.  Being a quick thinker, the VolunTeen used her cell phone to find a translation application that could translate the daily activity schedule from English to Ukrainian as well as help her communicate with him. 

VolunTeens will work once again at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in their horticulture department as well as work at the Summit YMCA, placed in a program that suits their interests. 

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Teens interested in the VolunTeens program must complete an application and submit a letter of recommendation. The application deadline for the VolunTeens Program is Friday, April 12, 2013. Following submission of the application, there will be an interview with the VolunTeens selection committee and three reference checks.   If accepted into the program, an orientation will be provided. Space is limited for this program. For more information about the program and to request an application, please contact Jenny McMahon, 908-273-4270, ext. 3202, email: jenny.mcmahon@theSAY.org   or pick up an application at the Summit YMCA, 67 Maple Street, 908-273-3330.

The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading charitable 501(c)3 organizations. Our programs and services are open to all through our financial assistance programs made possible through the generosity of our members, donors and partners. To help us help others, make your tax-deductible donation today at www.theSAY.org

 

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