Local nonprofits accepting applications for teens to volunteer this summer

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Right now, nonprofit organizations are accepting applications from teens that are looking for volunteer opportunities this summer.

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro is looking for 9th through 12 graders in Guilford County schools to participate in its Service Learning Leadership Camp.

Four nonprofit organizations are participating.

“They'll work Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and they're going to do some sort some of project for this nonprofit that will help to improve this organization and help the kids learn about community needs,” Hope Tyler, director of volunteers & community engagement, said.

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro also connects teens to other opportunities with nonprofits that could use the help.

One of those places is the New Arrivals Institute -- an organization that helps refugees and immigrants become self-sufficient through education.

The organization is preparing for its SLAMM (Summer Literacy Art Movement & Music) program -- an educational enrichment program that focuses on the school age children of its clients.

Outreach director Lynn Thompson says high school volunteers were a big part of last year’s success.

“We had a pool of at least 30 teenagers who were helping, so we had five to ten volunteers per day,” Thompson said.

“It was fantastic. It was just wonderful, so I'm hoping to repeat that,” she added.

High school senior Katie Glaser has spent the last two weeks interning at United Way of Greensboro.

She has received hands-on experience by helping with some of the organization’s projects.

“I definitely believe that I have learned so much in these past two weeks -- more than I have learned in the past four years so it's been a great experience,” Glaser said.

She will leave to attend school at Georgetown University in the fall.

“Coming into this project I knew that I really wanted to learn about Greensboro before I left,” she said.

The application deadline for the Service Learning Leadership Camp is Friday, May 20.

Thanks to a grant from The Women’s Professional Forum Foundation 25 girls can attend the camp for free.

Volunteer applications for the New Arrivals Institute and the Service Learning Leadership Camp are available online.

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