This past Monday, 600 high school students from across four schools in the Rexdale area, converged at OISE (the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) for a day-long volunteer event.
VolunTeen 2013: Igniting the Power of Youth to Change the World–organized by Volunteer Toronto in partnership with OISE, For Youth Initiative, CivicAction and the Catholic District School Board–was designed to help students complete their 40 hours of community service in the most productive way.
Unlike traditional volunteer fairs, VolunTeen didn’t just get students to mingle with potential host organizations. Instead, students were asked to focus on themselves first — to think about their own skill-sets, interests and passions.
"The day was all about increasing the students' knowledge of volunteer opportunities," says Camara Chambers, director of membership services with Volunteer Toronto. "But also about increasing their knowledge of how they can contribute to society using their specific skills."
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VolunTeen was supported through CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) program.
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