Teenagers are surrounded by opportunities daily


The Belmont Library is full of opportunities to get involved and better the community.

Sarah Boro, Highlander Editor

The Belmont-San Carlos area is desperate for help from students, especially those whose goal is to better the community and help those around them.

Students start high school and immediately begin thinking about college and their futures.  Along with doing well in school and aiming for excellent grades, many worry about building an impressive resume filled with extra-curricular activities.

One common extra-curricular is volunteering, which can be done in a variety of different ways.

In San Carlos specifically, the Youth Center has numerous opportunities that any student could potentially participate in.

One possibility might be the Youth Center Art Assistant. This person is responsible for supervising youth and creating enjoyable and creative art projects for the participants.  The Youth Center requires a once a week commitment after school and generally calls for excellent people skills and a positive attitude.

On the other side of the spectrum, many are familiar with Outdoor Ed.  Most Elementary and Middle Schools in the Bay Area take annual trips to Camp Jones Gulch (Outdoor Ed) to learn more about each other and bond as a class.

At many schools, high school students are the chaperones and watch over the younger kids and are leaders to them throughout the week.  These young kids look up to high schoolers and aspire to be like them, so as the end of the year comes closer and closer, schools are approaching their trips to Outdoor Ed and are seeking dedicated, caring, and responsible volunteers.

This opportunity provides a bridge between middle school and high school kids that allows them to grow as a person and get involved in their community. Teenagers can help with that and learn along with them.

Although there are countless of other opportunities, one event that one may find interesting and feel drawn to is “National Week of the Ocean at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve” (which is located on the Hayward side of the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge). This program aims to restore the salt marches in the Bay, and is expected to take place on March 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., however because of the dought situation, certain events may have to be sooner or postponed.

There are many different programs within “Save the Bay”, the organization who puts together events to conserve our resources, but the event listed above is particularly popular.

Volunteering not only helps the community in a positive way, but it can also help boost students self esteem while helping others.

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