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Got a Teen Who Wants to Volunteer? Consider Checking Out TIPS

11_18_marlena_02We recently highlighted local organization Teens In Public Service (TIPS) in the December issue article, Two nonprofits that empower teens.

We've just learned from TIPS' Executive Director Cathy Michalec that TIPS is currently accepting applications for teens ages 15-19 for its 2011 class until March 25. The teens chosen will have the opportunity to intern with one of over 75 local nonprofits and earn a paycheck through TIPS for all of their hard work.

Best thing about volunteering through TIPS besides helping others and being a good citizen? Paid internship!

Teens can expect to work with nonprofits that help children with special needs, the elderly, and others in the community who are in need.

A 2010 intern looks back on her experience working with Northwest Harvest through TIPS by saying, "I learned I can make a big difference in my community and also I found out I did have a lot more confidence and leadership in myself that I never noticed till my internship. My internship gave me more hope about being able to go to college and go into the major that I want into knowing it will be difficult, but I will be able to pull through it."

So if you've got a teen that is looking to find both a fulfilling volunteer opportunity and a summer position, check out the TIPS website for further information on how to apply, requirements and all of the program dates.

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