Last summer, Jackie Yeh looked for ways to give back to her community.
Then 13, she was disappointed in how difficult it was for people under 18, so she did what almost any teen would – turned to the Internet.
“I thought, ‘How could I connect teens who are seeking volunteer opportunities?’ ” Yeh said.
The answer became Jackie’s Volunteer Network (jackiesvolunteernetwork.com), a website Yeh built from scratch that lists more than 30 locations and organizations seeking volunteers in the 12-to-18-year-old age bracket.
Each listing shows the organization’s logo; its mission; any requirements, such as special training or parental consent; contact information and the addresses of any physical locations. One of the organizations listed is the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, where Yeh volunteered the summer she built the website.
Yeh said that she began volunteering through Seabury Middle School and started pursuing volunteer activities on her own time in eighth grade.
“I’ve tried to make contacting organizations easy, so teens can find what opportunities fit them best,” said Yeh, who contacted the organizations individually for the information.
Now almost 15, Yeh intends to be Charles Wright Academy’s volunteer representative next year. A sophomore, she’ll be in charge of recording volunteer hours for her class and finding opportunities for community service.
In the future, Yeh hopes area high schools will use her website as a resource for students. It now covers organizations in Tacoma and Seattle, but Yeh wants it to become a nationwide network.
She recommends that even if teens are hesitant to volunteer, “Just go for it, it’s a great way to connect with the community.”email@example.com 253-597-8670