TeenLife Media Partners with People Making a Difference for 2011 Guide to Community Service

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TeenLife Media has announced an innovative partnership with People Making a Difference, a non-profit organization that promotes volunteerism, to produce its annual Guide to Community Service. The 2011 Guide will be unveiled at the fourth annual TeenLife Community Service Fair on February 13, 2011.

“Studies have shown that teens who engage in volunteerism are steps ahead when they continue on to college,” said Marie Schwartz, founder of TeenLife. “The Guide to Community Service is a great resource for these students."

TeenLife Media has announced an innovative partnership with People Making a Difference, a non-profit organization that promotes volunteerism, to produce its annual Guide to Community Service. The 2011 Guide will be unveiled at the fourth annual TeenLife Community Service Fair on February 13, 2011.

Most Greater Boston area middle and high school students are required or strongly encouraged to spend a certain number of hours outside of school volunteering for non-profits. The benefits of volunteerism include increased self-esteem, making a real difference, interacting with people in new environments, acquiring and/or practicing valuable skills, and gaining wonderful life experiences and memories. However, many students do not know where or how to find meaningful opportunities that match with their needs and interests, and most parents and educators do not have the time or the resources to keep up with all of the interesting options.

The annual Guide to Community Service showcases more than 200 non-profit organizations that seek to engage teens in volunteer activities. The Guide will be distributed for free at the Community Service Fair and an additional 8,000 copies will be distributed to area high schools and youth groups. The Guide will also be available for free online at http://www.teenlife.com after the fair.

“Studies have shown that teens who engage in volunteerism and experiential learning opportunities are steps ahead of other students when they continue on to college,” said Marie Schwartz, president and founder of TeenLife. “The Guide to Community Service is a great resource for these students, showcasing volunteer opportunities from a variety of non-profit organizations that embrace teens.

“Last year, demand for the Guide to Community Service far outstripped supply and TeenLife simply did not have the budget to print more,” continued Schwartz. “Our partnership with People Making a Difference allows local businesses and individuals to underwrite the printing of the guide on a tax-deductible basis and reach four times as many students.”

In addition to helping to produce the Guide to Community Service, People Making a Difference is raising sponsorship dollars to conduct Volunteer Group Leader Workshops in 2011. These workshops, designed for students and educators who lead community service clubs and activities, will help participants build leadership skills that can be applied to their clubs and activities as well as to other aspects of their lives.

“At People Making a Difference, we engage people in meaningful, hands-on work, so together we produce appreciable results while also learning about broader, contextual issues,” said Lori Tsuruda, founder and executive director of the organization. “When teens volunteer for well-run programs, they see how they directly make real differences in our communities."

TeenLife is a unique resource that helps families and schools to connect students to all sorts of meaningful educational and experiential learning opportunities. The first TeenLife Boston Community Service Fair, modeled after similar events held by colleges for incoming students, was organized in spring of 2008 to help families and educators find volunteer opportunities for teens. It has quickly established itself as a “go-to” event in the area, attracting over 1000 students, parents, and educators from a wide variety of private, public, and parochial middle and high schools.

The fourth annual TeenLife Community Service fair will take place at the Mall at Chestnut Hill on Sunday, February 13, 2010 from 12 noon to 4 pm. This free event will feature over 40 non-profits hoping to engage teens as volunteers. More than 1000 students, parents and teachers from more than 150 public and private schools across Greater Boston are expected to attend this event. It will also feature performances from high school a cappella groups. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register at http://www.TeenLife.com.

Donations to People Making a Difference for the purpose of producing the guide can be made online at http://www.teenlife.com/CSGuideSponsorship. For more information about the partnership, please contact Marie Schwartz at mschwartz(at)teenlife(dot)com.

About TeenLife Media, LLC
TeenLife Media helps families and schools to connect middle and high school students with all sorts of meaningful opportunities, such as summer programs, community service, after school and weekend activities, and gap year programs. We also list extensive resources on how to find a job or internship and gain admission to college. Our goal is to become the "go to” online destination for students, parents and educators nationwide who are seeking programs, products and services geared to college-bound teens, aged 13-19. For more information on TeenLife Media, please email info(at)teenlife(dot)com, call 617-868-5848, or visit http://www.teenlife.com.

About People Making a Difference
PMD promotes informed and responsible volunteerism by involving people in meaningful, one-time, hands-on work that meets the needs of local charities and by assisting companies and charities in building successful community involvement programs. For more information, please visit http://www.pmd.org.

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