Teens Helping Teens
Youth Services’ Teen Service Board (TSB) gives Oklahoma County high school students an opportunity to help other teens in need while earning community service hours. TSB Members play an important part in their community through fun projects which benefit the agency’s programs. Members develop valuable workplace ethics and business skills, as well as compassion, empathy and expanded social perspectives.
Past TSB projects include conducting a back-to-school supplies drive, holding telethons to raise money for holiday gifts for homeless teens, painting a mural to make the lobby more kid-friendly, assembling food baskets for students who have no parental support, and helping with the annual fundraiser by hosting a bowling tournament, making decorations, gathering auction items, and assisting at the event.
TSB Members earn community service hours for school or service club requirements from a nationally- and state-accredited not-for-profit organization in supervised settings and activities. Verification of volunteer hours will be provided and, if requested, letters of recommendation to colleges or employers will also be made available to TSB Members in good standing.
Oklahoma County high school students are selected after completing an application and interview process. TSB Members must be mature, responsible, compassionate teens who enjoy working with people and making new friends. TSB Members serve a school-year term from August to May and are asked to attend a minimum of 6 meetings to complete training and to participate in planning and completion of projects. Meetings are held once a month in the evening and other activities may take place at additional times. Teens do not work directly with clients.