Enrollment for Service-Learning Program for Middle and High School Students Is OPEN NOW

Doing Good in the Neighborhood!

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Alexandria, VA – Service-Learning Program…in Alexandria! “It really opened my eyes about the problems in Alexandria,” says a program attendee after her three-day experience.

This program is for youth and focused on community engagement. Participants will learn more about social issues facing Alexandrians and how nonprofits address these issues, earning direct service hours and service-learning hours.

We use the P.A.R.E. model, which includes the key components of Preparation, Action, Reflection, and Evaluation. This allows students to be exposed to new realities that open their eyes and challenge what they thought they knew. We want students to notice their discomfort, discuss it within a supportive community, and finally consider how they might live their lives differently as a result of the experience. “I felt like I was making a difference and it felt good to help out the community. I feel satisfied with what we accomplished.” Student

The program is a chance for students – grades 6 through 12 – to learn about the issues facing their community and to do something about it. Participants will engage with non-profits, city agencies, and people from all walks of life as they earn service hours and explore career paths.

Register for our FREE Service-Learning Program in July and/or August. Lunch and snacks provided. Sign up online at https://www.volunteeralexandria.org/youthandfamily.

Volunteer opportunities for children and youth:

All ages:

Help Clean Up Four Mile Run. The Four Mile Run Conservancy is seeking volunteers to remove trash from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Equipment will be provided.

Help pick up litter. The Trash Trekkers meet every month from 10 to 11 a.m. to pick up trash at a local library. Equipment will be provided.

8 and older:

Children address hunger – Children, using gloves, will prepare the sandwiches, assemble, and individually package them. Children should wear their hair pulled back and under a baseball cap or other full hair covering such as a bandana/scarf or hairnet. Due to space constraints, we ask that parents wait in the sitting area. Volunteer Alexandria manages this project and guides the children as well as leads a discussion on volunteerism, giving and hunger.

12 and older: 

Library volunteers. The Teen Advisory Group meets monthly with current and prospective library volunteers.

Help Dogs Get Adopted – The Lucky Dog Animal Rescue needs dog handlers, drivers, and advocates to talk up dogs to potential adopters on the first Sunday of each month between 11:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Anyone between 12 and 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Knit for a Cause – The Barrett Branch knitting, and crochet group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month to work on a meaningful project to donate. No experience necessary. Materials are provided but can bring your own.

Did you know:

Volunteering feels good and let’s not adults and children know that they can make a difference. Children’s involvement in service to others grows their sense of self-worth, and shows them that they have something to contribute to society.

Volunteer, Alexandria!

Volunteer Alexandria connects people, six years and older, with community needs. Our mission is to build a stronger community by inspiring and mobilizing people to volunteer!

Register at VolunteerAlexandria.org for information about volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Alexandria | 2202 Mount Vernon Ave., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22301 | 703-836-2176, [email protected]

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