Teens GIVE is a service-learning program that places children, ages 9–18, in supervised relationship-based volunteer activities. Volunteering is supplemented with tutoring, mentoring, life skills training, case management, reflection activities, counseling, and other support services.
Teens GIVE provides opportunities to engage in positive volunteer activities. Participants learn pre-vocational and employment skills, develop pro-social skills, and cultivate altruism and compassion while serving others and getting actively involved in their neighborhood and community. They choose from a wide variety service sites or projects in the Charlottesville/Albemarle community.
Service sites or projects are selected based on the ability to meet community needs, solve community problems, and provide structure and relational tasks. Sites are organized into categories offering service to children, the elderly, animals, and the environment.
In addition, children with special needs may be assigned a therapeutic aide or additional wrap around services to help them succeed. Participants can receive credit for community service hours and can earn a restitution allowance. Participation typically lasts 3 to 12 months.