By: Emma Daly
I think it is incredibly important to volunteer during your high school career and it should even be required. Volunteering can help a teenager gain skills needed for the real world. According to an article on www.timeshighereducation.com, ¨Students who volunteer, report that they gain a lot of benefits from it, including better time management, opportunities to meet new people, satisfaction from having helped others and improved mental well-being.¨ (www.timeshighereducation.com).
I have personally seen a difference in myself after I volunteer. I have volunteered at the local elementary school, Senior Center and at the high school. I have become more responsible and I have a better understanding about time management.
I think volunteering should be required in high schools for kids in their Junior and Senior year. This is a good time because students are at that age where they are figuring out what they want their career to be and who they are outside of high school. Schools could have a volunteer fair at the beginning of the year for kids to walk around and see their options. Volunteering can also be a great way to meet new mentors and friends.