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Volunteer Programs in Memphis for Teens

by Amy Sutton

Volunteering is a fantastic way for your teen to give back to the community and learn about respect, build leadership skills and learn why it's so important to serve others. Teens in Memphis, "Home of the Blues," will find there are an abundance of volunteer programs and opportunities awaiting them, at local hospitals and organizations.

Healthcare Related Volunteering

Teens can help out through Volunteer Services at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A variety of volunteers are needed, including beverage cart volunteers, child life volunteers and food services volunteers. Methodist Healthcare has a "Summer VolunTeen" program for kids 15 to 17, where your teen can help by escorting patients or by greeting patients coming into the hospital. Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center needs teen volunteers during the summer to do things like help with equipment and keep young patients calm. Baptist Memorial Health Care has volunteer opportunities available for teens that include cafeteria greeter, information volunteer, magazine cart volunteer and patient activities volunteer.

Zoo or Museum Volunteers

Teens can help out at the Memphis Zoo. Types of volunteers include general volunteers who help with various tasks around the zoo and special event volunteers that work seasonal exhibits and during special zoo events. Volunteers are also needed at The Children's Museum of Memphis. Teens 16 and older can be a birthday party assistant, office helper, part of the clean up crew or a gallery assistant.

YMCA and Library Volunteer Work

At the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South, your teen can volunteer to be a tutor for kids in 4th through 9th grade or he can help to prepare and deliver meals and snacks for events like family fun nights, birthday parties and graduations. Alternatively, your teen could volunteer some of his extra time at one of the Memphis area libraries. The Collierville Burch library needs volunteers ages 12 to 18 to help with the summer reading program. The Memphis Public Library branches each rely on volunteers to help at the welcome desk, assist the librarian and to work during summer programs.

Other Opportunities to Volunteer

Main Street Collierville relies on volunteers to help run annual events and activities, such as the Easter egg hunt, Treat on the Square, Christmas in Collierville and Sunset on the Square Concert Series. Teens can help at any of these events. Volunteer Mid-South has a Mid-South Teen Volunteer program for teens 13 to 17 years of age. Your teen can join this program to be matched up with appropriate volunteer work throughout the year. During the summer, teens can attend the Memphis TEEN Volunteers Summer Fair, to meet with various agencies that need volunteers and find volunteer work that most interests them.

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