Durham County

Local volunteer program for high schoolers is filling up

DURHAM A volunteer program open to high school-aged students is beginning June 19, with another session set to begin on June 26. Youth Summer Work Week is organized by The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center and will give students real-world experience with less fortunate communities around Durham County.

The Center’s Executive Director Kim Shaw says that many summer youth groups go on mission trips in Africa or Central America. “When we hear about needs from people in the community that say they need toilet paper for Christmas, it tells you there is a whole lot of need right here,” says Shaw. “Those programs [abroad] are also great, but you can still do that here.”

Volunteers will work with a new nonprofit each day for a variety of experiences planting crops, cleaning trails, preparing meals and organizing a thrift shop. The program works with nonprofits like the Boys and Girls Club, Durham Rescue Mission and Hope House, a refugee home sponsored by Hope Valley Baptist Church.

According to Shaw, Youth Summer Service Week will bring students in contact with several social issues like hunger, housing, poverty and the environment. Volunteers will learn from leaders in the community to compliment the physical work. Growth is an important part of the program with students keeping a reflection journal and joining in reflection activities at the end of each day.

Youth Summer Service Week The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center hopes to grow this program over the coming years to keep people in Durham County for their volunteer hours.

The program on June 19 is full. The second program on June 26 has 10 openings for applicants. The programs are Monday through Friday on their respective weeks. Tuition is $350 per week with full or half day shifts available. Volunteer hours for the program are eligible for the center’s Commissioners Award, Mayor’s Award, and President’s Award.