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We've reached the finish line for the high school graduating class of 2024, and it's time to celebrate their accomplishments. Congratulations to all our graduates who have chosen their colleges for the fall!

Now, as we get ready for the next wave of high school students, let's talk about making the most of the summer break. One way to do that is through spending some time doing community service. Here's why summer volunteering can be an excellent opportunity for high school students getting ready for college.

Personal Growth: Volunteering helps students step out of their comfort zones and develop new skills. It’s a great way for them to learn about teamwork, leadership, and communication. It also fosters empathy and compassion, essential qualities for anyone going into college.

Community Engagement: Colleges are increasingly interested in students who actively engage with their communities and who show a desire to make a positive impact. Volunteering is a great way for students to demonstrate that commitment.

Exploring Interests: Volunteering can be a chance for students to explore new fields and discover what they enjoy. Whether they volunteer at an animal shelter, a local hospital, or an environmental organization, they get hands-on experience that could guide their future career choices.

Networking Opportunities: Volunteering can also help students build valuable connections. These connections could lead to mentorship opportunities, internships, or even job offers in the future.

Resume Building: Besides the personal growth and community involvement benefits, volunteer work can also enhance a student's resume or college application. It shows they are proactive, committed, and willing to go beyond what's expected.  Up to a quarter of an applicant's total candidacy evaluation potential can relate to community service, extracurricular activities, and leadership within those activities.  

Overall, encouraging high school students to volunteer during the summer is an excellent way to help them make the most of their time off. It’s a win-win: they get to contribute to their communities while gaining experiences that will benefit them as they prepare for college and beyond.