Huntsville teens find valuable experience in summer volunteer opportunities

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - This summer, many teenagers will be content to spend their mornings sleeping in and their days, hanging out with friends.

More and more teens, however, are looking for meaningful summer opportunities.  For those unwilling or unable to commit to a full-time job, volunteering is a popular option.

A volunteer position can be a great way to give back to the community, while still building a college resume.  Around the Tennessee Valley, there are hundreds of volunteer jobs to be found, based on ability and interest.

For instance, young artists might enjoy the Summer Youth Volunteer Program at the Huntsville Museum of Art.  Katie Martin, who works in the museum's marketing department, says it's open to students ages 14 and older.

Volunteers will assist instructors in the museum's summer art classes for children.

"It's a really good way for students to continue their learning about art," Martin says.

The volunteer orientation sessions begin Wednesday, May 27. Click here for more information and the application.

Meanwhile, students interested in healthcare might consider volunteering at Huntsville Hospital or Crestwood Medical Center.  Both offer summer youth volunteer programs.

The United Way of Madison County is also a good resource for area volunteer opportunities. You'll find the agency's searchable Volunteer Center database here.