By Jill Fox
This summer – students can share their time and their skills by volunteering in the community. Here is a list of current options for teenagers throughout Parkland.
Students interested in cheer, dance, or gymnastics, should reach out to the Parkland Rangers. Both the youth tackle football and cheer programs have options for teens to help with different age groups. All practices are held at Pine Trails Park. Contact Parklandrangers@yahoo.com
City of Parkland
The City of Parkland has opportunities in several areas, including the library, summer camps, parks and recreation, special events, city hall, human resources, and more. Participants must be at least 14 years old. Visit cityofparkland.org for more information and apply here.
5678 Dance Inc. is looking for student volunteers for their summer camp in Parkland. Experience in dance, cheer, theater, or gymnastics is a plus. Those interested should email Cara@5678danceinc.com for an interview. Camp dates are June 14 through August 13.
Shaka Soul Surfers
Surf School for Typical & Special Needs Surfers offers one-on-one private surfing lessons for typical and special needs surfers. Teenagers seeking community service hours can volunteer for the LEND A SHAKA program, where the school offers free surf lessons in exchange for help. Volunteers provide valuable social interactions to the surfers.
Teens can earn free surf lessons while being a part of these life-changing surf sessions with the kids. Surfboards are provided.
City of Coral Springs
The next event is the Coral Springs Drive Clean Up on Saturday, June 26, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The city is looking for volunteers, including high school students, to pick up dead vegetation, trash, and debris. Gloves and vests will be provided.
Penny & Wild
Penny & Wild: Smalls of South Florida is a Parkland-based rescue for rabbits and guinea pigs. Teens can earn service hours for fostering animals until they are adopted. Cages and supplies are provided.
Parkland Buddy Sports
Based in Parkland since 2002, Parkland Buddy Sports provides organized peer-to-peer sports programming for children and young adults with special needs and volunteer opportunities for students. The majority of Buddy volunteers are high school students, but the program also allows elementary and middle school students and adult volunteers. Volunteers will learn, teach, and have fun, plus make a difference in the players’ lives.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Garden
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School garden club meets every Sunday morning to plant seeds and trees, build flower beds, and maintain the hydroponic garden. There are a few opportunities to volunteer at the school garden this summer. Text @msdgarden to 810-10 for information.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.
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