Youth Development Programs
 
CONGRATULATIONS to this year's Student Leaders.
 
Youth Service Awards
The Volunteer Center's Youth Service Awards reward goal-oriented students who volunteer.  These young adults have been motivated to  complete a specific number of hours of community service, and we want to recognize them for meeting that goal. These awards encourage students who serve their community, gain valuable experience, and build their resume. Each year, through these programs, students contribute 40,000 hours of service to the Triangle community.

Youth ages 12-18 are encouraged to serve at local nonprofits of their choosing and apply to one or more of the awards listed below.  All award winners are recognized by community officials at the annual Tomorrow's Community Leaders Award Ceremony

 
Commissioner's Award- 50 or more volunteer hours during the school year. There is a $35 processing fee. Financial assistance is available.
 
Mayor's Award- 60 or more volunteer hours during summer break. Mayor's Award winners have their picture taken with the Mayor of Durham and are invited to apply to the Student Action Board. There is a $35 processing fee. Financial assistance is available.  
 
President's Award- Any individual, family or group that meets the program’s criteria can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours served over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime.  
 
NOTICE: WE ARE ONLY PROVIDING THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD AS AN ADDITIONAL INCENTIVE TO THE COMMISSIONER'S AND MAYOR'S AWARDS, YOU CANNOT PURCHASE THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD SEPARATELY. 

Student Good Citizen Award
- 50 or more volunteer hours during the school year or during the summer outside of the Triangle. There is a $35 processing fee. 
 
Local high school students meet twice monthly to plan and implement service projects with different nonprofits during the school year. Students that have participating in any of TNVLC's youth programs and Junior Leadership Durham participants are invited to apply for the board in the fall.  Meetings begin in October. 

Civic Engagement Leadership Institute 
This intensive two-week summer enrichment experience empowers high school students to impact Triangle communities through socially conscious thought and action. By exploring the root causes of social issues, working with nonprofit agencies, and formulating service projects, students will develop a combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to help shape the future of the Triangle and beyond.
 
 IMPACT Camps provide area high school aged youth with an affordable, week-long community serve/urban mission experience each summer. A diverse group of youth participants learn together about social issues in our community and work with nonprofits to address needs and make a difference.
 
Student Action Corps  
The Student Action Corps connects youth with age-appropriate volunteer opportunities.  We help youth find both one-time and on-going volunteer options. To find volunteer opportunities, use our HandsOnTriangle.org search engine. Select "advanced search," then "appropriate for."  You can then select the age of the volunteer and search for opportunities. To narrow your search further, put in your zip code, select specifics dates, and even select specific causes. Youth looking for volunteer opportunities can use this list to easily locate things that match their skills and interest areas.  Volunteering is a great way to explore career options and build your resume while giving back to the community. Our goal is to overcome obstacles for community involvement by connecting volunteers to nonprofits through our centralized list and vast network. If you have questions or would like personalized advice about getting involved in your community contact us at  youth@thevolunteercenter.org.   
 
 
 
 
 


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