Volunteer Match

Common Sense Media says

Safe, secure site links teens to volunteer opportunities.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Can inspire young people to become active in causes that interest them.

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site offers lots of opportunities for teens interested in volunteering in their own communities. Registration is not required, but doing so includes additional features such as email alerts, newsletters, and the ability to create your own volunteer resume.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • citizenship
  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • personal growth

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community
  • respect for others

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

It's easy for kids to sign up for community service opportunities. Easy-to-use tools support kids' efforts by helping them stay organized -- which in turn will help them stay committed.

Learning Approach

Each volunteer opportunity describes a need and sponsoring organization. Depending on kids' interests (animals, hunger, environment, seniors, etc.) they can filter to find the right spot and group.

Support

Some kids may be part of a group looking for volunteers -- they'll find plenty of materials to help with recruitment and training. Additional features include email alerts, newsletters, and the ability to create a volunteer resume.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • citizenship
  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness

Skills

Self-Direction

  • initiative
  • personal growth

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community
  • respect for others

Kids can learn about how to volunteer for organizations around the United States. Search tools empower kids to find kid-friendly opportunities by geographic area and cause. Some kids may be part of a group looking for volunteers -- they’ll find plenty of materials to help with recruitment and training. Whether in person or from afar, volunteer opportunities are everywhere, and kids can use this site to find the opportunities that fit them best.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

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What's it about?

VOLUNTEER MATCH links teens with community service opportunities that match their interests, availability, and expertise. Listings run the gamut from tutoring, donating toys, serving meals to the homeless, or even hosting an exchange student. The site also offers a variety of virtual volunteer opportunities kids can do online, as well as listings of nonprofits and businesses that need volunteers.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Volunteering has never been so easy, and in these tough times, more necessary. Volunteer Match takes the toil and intimidation out of signing up for service. Easy-to-use tools like email alerts, time-tracking, and a personal volunteering resume support kids' efforts by helping them stay organized -- which in turn will help them stay committed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of volunteering and how the Internet has made it so much easier for those looking for ways to help. Do you think all Web sites are safe when it comes to finding volunteering opportunities?

  • What are some safe practices you should use when talking to people or sharing information online?

Website details

Genre:Civic Engagement
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bychippergirl2772 June 27, 2010
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15
QUALITY
 

Only so-so

It was ok. It was pretty helpful but I love working with kids and teaching kids and just hanging out with kids and there were not many opportunities for me.
Teen, 16 years old Written byjamine January 15, 2010
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7
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Teen, 17 years old Written bymrjetrocks July 25, 2009
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14
QUALITY
 

Great site!

This site is great! I think all teens should volunteer before they graduate high school.
What other families should know
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