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Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students

For high school students, volunteer work of any kind is a laudable pursuit, possessing more than enough intrinsic value to make it worth your time. Yet, dedicating your time to charitable endeavor can also help you to gain real-world experience in an area of academic and/or career interest. Perhaps you have an academic/career interest in healthcare, computer science, education, helping people with disabilities, animal rights, community organizing, assisting developing nations, conservationism, politics, history, or eldercare support. No matter your passion, there is likely a perfect volunteering opportunity out there for you—there’s just that tiny matter of finding it.

College Transitions’ list of Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students is designed to help with you search by highlighting nationwide organizations that work with American teens from coast to coast. Of course, local opportunities can be located via your guidance counselor, word-of-mouth, or by utilizing any of the various search databases that assist with location-specific hunts. In the list that follows, we highlight whether each organization has opportunities that are in-person or virtual. Additionally, we have categorized the volunteer roles based not just on the type of organization but also, when applicable, the skill demands associated with the position (e.g. doing web development for an animal adoption group would be both “Animal Welfare” and “Computer Science”). Lastly, we list any available eligibility requirements; some organizations accept 9th graders (or younger) while others are open only to 18-year-olds (presumably seniors).

 

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OrganizationVirtual/In-PersonCategory Eligibility
Alzheimer's AssociationIn-PersonHealthVaries
American Cancer SocietyBothHealthHigh School
American Heart AssociationBothHealthHigh School
American Red Cross YouthBothHealthk-12
AmericaresBothHealthHigh School
Americorps - YouthBuildIn-PersonHousing 16 years old
Amnesty InternationalBoth Human Rights High School
ASPCAIn-PersonAnimal Rights/Welfare16 years old
Be My EyesVirtual Disability Support 17 years old
BenetechBoth Technology/Disability SupportN/A
Best BuddiesBoth Disability Support k-12
Big Brothers, Big Sisters - School ProgramIn-Person Leadership/Mentoring16, 17 (with parent permission)
BookshareVirtual Disability Support/Literacy 15 years old
Boys and Girls Clubs of AmericaIn-PersonEducation/Mentoring Varies by location
Bridges to Community (Central America)In-Person International Service15-18 years old
Broadreach Global Summer AdventuresIn-PersonInternational ServiceMiddle and High School
Children's National Health SystemIn-PersonHealth 18 (seniors only)
Code for Social GoodVirtual Multiple/Computer Science N/A
Crisis Text LineVirtual Mental Health 18 (seniors only), need references
DonateCodeVirtual Multiple/Computer Science N/A
Feeding AmericaBothHunger 12 years old
Girls Who CodeIn-PersonEducation/Computer Science 18 years old (seniors only)
Global Leadership AdventuresIn-Person International Service14-18 years old
Global RoutesIn-PersonInternational Service9th-12th grade
Global Vision InternationalBoth International/Sustainable Development 15-17, 18 for some trips
Global VolunteersIn-Person International Service18 (without parent)
Goodwill Industries InternationalIn-PersonMentoring/Donations/Fundrasining 16 years old
Habitat for HumanityIn-Person Shelter/Construction 15/16 years old
International Volunteer HQIn-Person International Service16 years old
Learning AllyBothDisability Support High School
Learn To Be TutoringVirtual Tutoring High School
Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyBothFundraising/Leadership/Advocacy High School
Meals on WheelsIn-PersonHunger/Edlercare 18 years old (seniors only)
National ArchivesVirtual History/Archival Work High School
National Area Health Education Center OrganizationIn-Person Health Grades 9-12
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyBoth Health/Advocacy High School
National Park ServiceIn-Person Conservation/Environment Under 18 needs parent permission
Operation GratitudeIn-Person Military Age 13 and up
Peace Players InternationalIn-Person Athletics/Diplomacy 18 (for opportunities abroad)
Projects AbroadIn-Person International Service15 years old
Reading is FundamentalIn-Person Literacy/Education 14 years old
Rock the VoteBoth Politics High School
Rotary Club - InteractIn-PersonLeadership/Health/Sustainable DevelopmentAges 12 to 18
School on WheelsIn-Person Literacy/Education Under 16 needs to be with parent
Special OlympicsIn-Person Disablity Support High School
Student Environmental Action CoalitionIn-Person Conservation/Environment/Advocacy High School
TechGirlzIn-Person Computer Science/Education High School
TED Talk TranslatorsVirtual Foreign Language Bilingual
TeensGive.orgVirtual Education 9th grade
The Humane SocietyIn-Person Animal Rights/Welfare16 years old
The Salvation ArmyIn-PersonHunger/Disaster Relief/Rehabilitation Varies by location
Translators Without BordersVirtual Foreign Language Bilingual
Uganda Village ProjectIn-Person International Service/Public Health 18 (seniors only)
UNICEFBoth Health/Advocacy 13 years old
United Nations VolunteersIn-Person International Service 18 (seniors only)
United PlanetIn-PersonInternational Service 15-17 for some programs, or 18
United WayIn-Person Hunger, Disaster Relief, EducationAll ages
USDA Earth Team VolunteersIn-Person Conservation/Environment 14 years old
Veterans AffairsIn-Person Veterans/Health/OT/PTHigh School
Volunteering JourneysIn-Person International Service 17 years old
YMCAIn-Person Education/Athletics/Leadership 14 years old
Youth Volunteer CorpsIn-Person Education/Health/Arts & Culture Age 11-18
KidsaveBothChild WelfareHigh School
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