Teen Guide to Volunteering Reviews

Teen Guide to Volunteering: ISBN 978-1-68282-937-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-938-7
Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2020

Packed with volunteer ideas, from small acts of kindness to large-scale efforts.
Divided into five chapters, this well-organized book outlines and explains a broad range of experiences and levels of volunteering. There are ideas to inspire readers across the spectrum of volunteering possibilities, from one-time and long-term options with long-established, nationwide nonprofits and youth-run organizations as well as ideas for ways to create their own grassroots opportunities. In addition to highlighting specific organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and YouthLine, individual teens are spotlighted for their volunteer contributions. Short quotes from change-makers, including Anne Frank, the Dalai Lama, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., provide another layer of motivation. The font and layout are attractive and easy to navigate, and the stock color photographs feature a diverse range of people. The tone is primarily inspirational, and the book also highlights the social and emotional benefits volunteers receive from giving to others. Volunteering during the Covid-19 pandemic is specifically covered, although these sections are written in a way that makes it seem like the virus is a thing of the past. This work will be helpful to those already interested in being volunteers as well as students with service hour requirements.
A helpful resource for youth. (source notes, further research, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)