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Most Recent Community Service Articles

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The Price of Giving This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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It was a chilly day on the busy streets of San Francisco. I stood on the corner next to Yerba Buena, thankful for my jacket. As I sang and played my guitar, a beaming toddler dropped a dollar into my guitar case and waddled off with her mom.... (more »)
All You Need is Love
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Lots of people do community service just for the hours, well I don’t. I truly care about the people I serve and the causes because I have an emotional connection. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor since I could remember and I just wanted to... (more »)
Serving Eggs
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6:30 AM on a Saturday morning. I slumped out of bed and stumbled around my room trying to find the right shirt to wear. After washing my face and brushing my teeth, I looked at my phone to check the time: 6:45. “You’re going to be... (more »)
Beyond the Requirements This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , Northbridge, MA
It all started on a cool, rainy night in December 2014. Wednesday, December 3rd, to be more exact. I was standing in front of the Whitinsville Social Library with my phone shoved deep into my pocket as the rain dripped down over my hood. That... (more »)
Don't Give Up
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Strength Grows Out Of Struggle and your successes are based on how well you overcome your struggles in life. Struggle is a clever device through which nature compels humanity, which includes you to develop, expand and progress. It’s... (more »)
Teaching Olivia
By , Anonymous, OH
I have always been concerned with mental health and bullying, but I never knew how to help until I started helping out at the small child care center at my local recreational center. The parents would drop their kids off, some eager to play... (more »)
The Starfish Philosophy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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  An old legend speaks of a boy waking up as the sun rises each morning, going to a beach where thousands of starfish lay stranded on the sand to die. Day after day, he would throw as many as he could back into the shallow waters. Being... (more »)
Between Porcelain Pieces This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
Happiness can be elusive. It can appear one second and disappear the next. You may not even know it’s there until it’s gone. But even when happiness seems almost impossible, it can be obtained with a shift in perspective or simply a memory.... (more »)
Fighting Abuse
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In a dimly lit room, a boy sits alone on his bed. His arms covered in fresh bruises, he sits in silence as memories from ten minutes ago mingle and fuse with those from the previous years. All the while, one question goes through his head:... (more »)
Relations Through Community
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Com·mu·ni·ty   (Noun) a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. The key feature of this simple definition is “common.” The characteristics,... (more »)
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From serving in homes to serving those who have no home, community service has taught me numerous values. Life is a very precious gift that we are given so everyone needs to give back at some point because some people might not have anything of... (more »)
My Volunteering Life
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I am a senior and I attend extra-curricular events such as football games, dances, pep rallies, talent shows, etc. I have helped my community in many ways, not only by being a good student but by being a PAL. My junior year, I signed up for a... (more »)
Teens Helping Teens: Tips for Sorting and...
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We all have stuff. Lots and lots of stuff!  Sometimes it feels like our shelves, closets, drawers, playrooms and pantries are overflowing with stuff! Do we need some of it? Sure. Do we need all of it? Probably not. Sometimes having all of... (more »)
My Otter-ly Amazing Day
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I stood in the hot afternoon sun on Sunday at 12. The zoo was crowded due to the pleasant weather, sunny with a cool, refreshing breeze. I was standing next to the otter exhibit in The Stream section of Local Wilderness area holding an otter... (more »)
Project Connect This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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Jeanette, Olivia, Netty, Clarice, Alice, Stella, Marty, Theodore, Don, Joe, and Spencer—the names of my eleven grandparents. We are not blood-related, but they are my role models nonetheless who frequently give me dating advice,... (more »)
12 Months and 12 Cans of Paint
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“I was wondering, would you like to paint a mural for the elementary school?” Before I knew it, those words would change my life for a whole year. My art teacher had watched me for the majority of a school year before... (more »)
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