- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 21, 2002

Books

•"The Giving Family: Raising Our Children to Help Others," by Susan Crites Price, Council on Foundations, 2001. This book has ideas on how parents can instill in children the value of helping others. It also offers ideas for children and teenagers to get involved in volunteerism.

•Complete Idiot's Guide to Cool Jobs for Teens," by Susan Ireland, Alpha Books, 2001. This book has advice for teenage job seekers, including ideas for interesting jobs and tips on how to write a resume.

Associations

•Greater DC Cares, 1411 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: 202/289-7378. Web site: www.dc-cares.org. This organization has information on ways teenagers can volunteer and make a difference. It can match teens, as well as adults and families, with hundreds of volunteer opportunities.

•YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, 1112 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202/232-6700. Web site: www.ymcawashdc.org. The YMCA is offering a Summer of Service program for ages 12 to 15 at several area branches. The participants will mix service projects such as helping at a food bank or senior citizens' home with traditional camp activities.

Online

AmeriCorps (www.americorps.org) is a national service program where 18-year-olds to 24-year-olds commit to a year of service. AmeriCorps pays living expenses and offers an educational stipend in return.

•The nonprofit United Way (www.unitedway.org) can guide teenagers and families to a variety of volunteer opportunities.

•Do Something, a national nonprofit group, has a Web site (www.dosomething.org) that can help teenagers identify a cause they are passionate about and give them ideas about ways to help.

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