• By volunteering yourself. Take them with you and they will see how wonderful the experience is and want to do it themselves.
  • Start off by allowing them to bring friends. Make it fun and at the end make sure there is food available.
  • To "encourage" teens or anyone to volunteer: the folks organizing the activity MUST, MUST, MUST have folks of influence working right along with and next to the teens. NOT JUST for the first few weeks, BUT each and every week there has to be someone there who they can relate with and be one of their "idols" or "role models". THEN those "idols" or "role models" g-r-a-d-u-a-l-l-y stop showing up and go about their own business. The teens THINK they are working on another aspect of that project and (hopefully) continue THEIR volunteer work. "Holding a gun to anyone's head" - making a person "volunteer" - doesn't do a darn thing except alienate that person from that activity. I volunteer at a rehab hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Local celebs, politicians and folks of affluence come into the hospital ALL the time, donating their time and money. Many of hose same folks are featured on the evening news on a pretty regular basis. BUT for some reason, the general public just cannot or will not "connect the dots". As an after-thought: Everyone is a product of his/her environment. When a person sees others "going the extra mile" and doing volunteer work and extra work, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Thanks for asking your Q! I enjoyed answering it! VTY, Ron Berue Yes, that is my real last name! Sources: My personal observation. Because you asked.
  • Being a teen myself I would say to show them how much it helps and to show them what the world would be like without volunteers. Show them pictures of how dirty the streets would be, how hungry some animals would be, etc. Then in the end explain how volunteering will help them in the future...ex: "Colleges or companies look at it before accepting you into their school or work place".
  • bribery or monkey see monkey do
  • Find something they are good at and can share with others. For instance if they play the piano or the guitar they could go to a nursing home and play for them. Or just go and put polish on the womens nails. Read their mail to them or help write one. Help them read their Bingo card etc.

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