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Consider creating project based community needs accessible to your teens on your church, youth, or advocacy site. Integrate the signup tools with descriptive summaries of involvement. Make those opportunities as closely connected as possible to “do it now” moments. This will help teens who are impulsive, ready, but also cramped for time. Consider offering a wide variety of opportunities. You can offer tasks and projects related to your work but also offer other non-profit opportunities that diversify the options.
Make your level to entry low. Sometimes we want to make everything a teachable moment and we’re also prone to make everything training oriented. If your barriers to entry require additional meetings or unreasonable qualifiers you may unknowingly discourage participation. Save those kinds of moments for larger scaled or interpersonal work where it’s most needed. When students get the picture that one hour of service will demand a meeting scheduled at a time they can’t go that puts them out an additional 2-3 hours they instinctively resist.
Here are a few questions to consider.
Is it easy to sign up?
Does it fit an impulsive mindset?
Am I offering a wide array of choices?