Opportunities for service hours in summer

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Broward County sponsors service projects throughout the year. Each shift is typically multiple hours long, so a student can reach the required hours relatively quickly. (Photo/Broward County)

In order to graduate, every student must have at least 100 service hours, with more required for those on academic scholarship and members of the National Honor Society. Summer, with its freedom from classes and homework, is a great time to get those hours. Broward County offers many opportunities for teens to earn service hours. 

Students aged 12-18 can join their local library’s Teen Advisory Board. The responsibilities vary depending on the library, but volunteers can expect to help librarians by sorting books, mentoring younger students and aiding discussions held at the library. 

Students 16 and up can volunteer at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as Airport Ambassadors. The position entails greeting travelers, giving directions on how to navigate around the airport and assisting them with their needs. Joining the program may be time consuming when school starts–in order to stay an ambassador, students need to complete at least a four hour shift every week–but the position also comes with benefits such as discounted and complimentary items in the airport.

Broward County Parks launched a Parks “VIP” program which stands for “Volunteers Improving Parks.” Students over age 13 can join the program and help maintain the county’s parks by picking up trash and invasive species of plants. Park VIPs are also expected to help organize and participate in events held at the park.

These county-sponsored programs all have a goal to promote a sense of community, preserve the environment and help others. Volunteering for these organizations allows students to learn leadership skills, make friends and, of course, receive service hours.

As a sophomore, Ella Gohari is entering her second year on the Patriot Post staff as the co-Editor-in-Chief for the print newsmagazine. A lover of words, Ella spends much of her time writing, whether it be an article, poem, short story or science research paper. She often writes while listening (and singing her heart out) to music, and is particularly fond of rock bands like Metallica, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Her ultimate favorite; however, is Queen. Juggling many interests at once, she has been a science researcher with Mrs. Joykutty since 6th grade, and is now a part of the Sigma Xi Science Society. On the weekends, she volunteers with Village Book Builders and OTTER to teach underprivileged children in Florida and around the world. She is excited to co-lead the newsmagazine and can’t wait to see where the year goes.

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