More kids are volunteering than ever — spurred by this year’s natural disasters and a growing number of youth action programs. And, according to the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute, young people who participate in charity work are more likely to do well in school, to vote and to make volunteering a lifelong habit.
TEEN START-UP: Remy Greeno was 15 years old when she created Teenangels L.A., a nonprofit foundation to raise funds for child-focused charities.
Now a Harvard-Westlake School senior, Greeno’s group has raised $14,000 for good causes and established a library at Camp David Gonzales juvenile detention center in Calabasas.
“Probation camps needed a boost,” says Greeno, who plans to launch a Teenangels on the East Coast when she enrolls at Princeton next year. “Those places are rough.”
Tonight, Teenangels will hold a fundraiser talent contest at the school, with judges Jason Alexander, Alfre Woodard and Seth Green. Proceeds go to the Unusual Suspects theater group for incarcerated youths. Tickets: $20.
ATTENTION PRESCHOOLERS: Kids ages 5 to 14 can submit their ideas for charitable projects in a competition for 100 Disney Minnie Grants of $500 each. The awards are made by Disney and Youth Service America. Deadline: Jan. 13. To enter: Ysa.org.
OTHER YOUNG POWER POINTS:
–Launched in 1993, Dosomething.org is designed to inspire kids to take action. Gives grants and awards and produces an online magazine of success stories.
—Networkforgood.org has the Youth Volunteer Network under its volunteer link. Includes success stories and opportunities for online donations, awards and grants.