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Baby Rocker This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , Boston, MA
Most people hate hospitals. They think of sickness, sadness, a place you don't want to be. To me, hospitals mean quite the opposite. I work at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as a NICU rocker. People usually don't know what I mean by that,... (more »)
Any Sandwich Will Help This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
“Can I get thirty six-inch sandwiches? All with turkey, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. And thirty water bottles as well?” The Subway employee squints in disbelief at me – a 16-year-old boy buying $90 worth of sandwiches. He gives me a... (more »)
A Cause Like No Other This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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“One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.” When I first came across this fact, I couldn’t grasp the immensity of this sentence. I was aware of gender violence and violence against women, but I didn’t... (more »)
Lessons from Volunteering
“Errrrttttt! Errrkk!...” The calls of sea lions echo around me as I walk up the stairs. Even though the morning sun is already beating down on me, and the air smells of sea lion poop and fish, I can honestly say I’ve never happier or more at... (more »)
A Solemn Service
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Los Angeles; January 11, 2014. The doors of a bland tourist bus hissed open to let the cold 6:00 AM air in. Following a group of student volunteers, I stumbled along in a morning stupor. Our mission was simple: we were to help at an orphanage,... (more »)
Giving A Piece of Herself This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I was sitting at the island in my kitchen. My mom stood in front of me, barely keeping the tears from spilling over. Her blonde hair framed her flushed face, and her hands twisted uncomfortably as she told me that my three-year-old cousin had... (more »)
Lettering In Community Service Should Be Banned
By , Edina, MN
I love being able to help others, whether it's picking up trash around my neighborhood, or helping the old lady walk across the street while she tells me stories about how her grandson tries to teach her how to "text message on my... (more »)
Turn wasted food into worthy food This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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I’m part of the Roots & Shoots programme, founded by Dr Jane Goodall, DBE. It’s all about making positive changes in the world. As Dr Goodall says, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want... (more »)
Fifteen Orphans This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
“In five years, at least 12 of the 15 children standing before you will most likely be dead.” As I watched the orphans playing on the solitary tire swing that functioned as their playground, the words the ­orphanage's director had spoken... (more »)
Making School Safe for LGBT Teens This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
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I have worked to make schools safe for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth for the past three years. Initially, my own coming out experience as a lesbian teen motivated me to make schools more welcoming for gay teens. I still have... (more »)
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Jambo, Bwana This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
Jambo Jambo, Bwana Habari gani? Mzuri sana! Wageni, mwakaribishwa Tanzania Hakuna matata! Jambo Jambo, Bwana Habari gani? Mzuri sana! Wageni, mwakaribishwa Tanzania Hakuna matata! The first of many lessons I... (more »)
The Reading Room This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
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I have been hearing about Haiti all my life. My parents first got involved in 1991 when my father went to Haiti as part of a church group. While there, he visited a school called École Agape and realized that it didn't take a lot of money to... (more »)
Community Service for the Future Citizens
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As a ninth grade student in high school, I found out that one of my biggest passions was writing. With the ability of putting every kind of idea I had in my head on a piece of paper, I wrote a story about a young man who grew into a sport and... (more »)
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Community Service Award Essay
By , plymouth, MI
One day I saw my grandfather at a store and I saw him looking around for things. I told myself that I was going to go over there and help him carry his groceries because he looked like he was struggling a bit. I went over there and asked him if he... (more »)
The Gift of Giving
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Last summer I went on a two-week mission trip with my church to San Martin de Porres, Peru. Let me inform you that I have traveled all across the world- from the Louvre, to the Caribbean, but nothing was as shocking as when I first arrived in... (more »)
Believe in a Beautiful World
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‘The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves’ – Jane Goodall. Animal advocates are always criticized for helping animals over human beings. In a world of starving children, poverty and war, why are you... (more »)
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