is offering Summer of Service, which is a youth volunteer program for students entering 8th through 12th grades.
The program gives students the opportunity to participate in organized volunteer experiences that meet community needs, as well as receiving interview and workplace training.
These service-learning activities provide students with personal growth including developing civic responsibility, increasing social skills enrichment, enhancing self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment.
The program includes volunteer training, to be held in late June, and ongoing support with site visitations through summer.
Student volunteers are placed in a variety of locations such as , , , Sterling House Food Pantry, as well as working with children at summer camps through the , Stratford Recreation Department, local pre-school programs, and more.
In the study Young Volunteers: The Benefits of Community Service published by the University of Nevada, teens who engage in at least one hour of volunteering a week are 50 percent less likely to engage in risky behavior such as smoking, drinking and drug abuse. Teens who volunteer also have more developed social skills, work ethic, patience, and are more likely to graduate school.
Orientation and Registration Night will be held on Thursday, May 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Sterling House.
Students and parents will have the first opportunity to choose which sites they would like to volunteer through the summer.
Please contact us ahead of time to reserve your seat. For more information about the Summer of Service program, please visit Sterling House on the web at www.sterlinghousecc.org or call Program Coordinator Pam Robertson at 203.378.2606, ext. 359.