Teen Leadership Opportunities
Teen participation in community pro-social activities can decrease the likelihood of teen substance abuse, delinquency, violence, and school dropout (Arthur, Hawkins, et al., 1994, Hawkins, Catalano, Miller, 1992). Rewards for community involvement can decrease the likelihood of youth substance abuse. Only 36% of Skagit County 6th graders reported being rewarded for their efforts (2010 Skagit County Healthy Youth Survey).
Youth United: Varsity in Volunteerism
CHOP has partnered with United Way of Skagit County, local organizations, and businesses to pilot the "Varsity Letter/Pin Community Service Initiative." The goal of the Varsity Letter in Community Service program is to recognize and reward students for their volunteer efforts in the community. The program was piloted at Sedro-Woolley High School during the 2011-12 school year.
Teach youth the value of volunteerism
Create pro-social opportunities
Recognize and reward local youth for their volunteer work
Promote visibility and awareness for United Way
For questions about Youth United at Sedro-Woolley High School or other youth leadership opportunities, please contact Carol Hawk (360) 856-7383.
Additional Resources for Teens:
Drug Abuse Prevention
Teen Dating Violence
It Gets Better Project