Home > Contests > Community Service Award

Community Service Award

What do you do to make your community a better place? How has volunteering changed you and the way you view the world? Write an essay describing your experiences and be recognized for all that you do.


Each year at least two teens are honored for outstanding service to their community. Contest winners receive $100 for their favorite charity and a copy of the magazine featuring their winning essay. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink.


Teen Ink will only consider original essays written by teens. Essays should be between 150 and 1,000 words.

Share a moving experience. Tell us about someone special you met through volunteer work. Describe what you do and why it's important to you. Give examples and remember to use as much detail as possible. For more suggestions on how to write a winning essay, see our Community Service Writing Tips.

Submit entries through our website. All community service–related pieces submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.


There are no deadlines for this contest. Entries are considered for publication in Teen Ink magazine and online throughout the year.