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This image contains two females, an older teen (15 years old) volunteer and a younger (7 years-old) summer camper, sitting at a desk while smiling at the camera. The camper is in the middle of adding details to her artwork while the volunteer is sitting by her side. There is metal shelving in the background. Are you a high school student looking for ways to fulfill your volunteer prerequisites while making a difference in your community? If this sounds like you, then consider volunteering in the arts. This rewarding and enriching opportunity allows you to give back while gaining a wide range of skills that can help you develop as a person and as a professional.

Here are the top three benefits of volunteering in the arts sector for high schoolers.

1. Creativity and Self-Expression

Volunteering in the arts offers opportunities to explore your creativity in a safe and welcoming environment that fosters self-expression. Your volunteer role may be a classroom assistant where you help the teacher manage and teach the class. You could also support an artist with their community project or be a summer camp leader. All these opportunities will give you hands-on experience and sharpen your artistic skills. As a bonus, you can also positively impact your community.

2. Leadership and Teamwork Skills

While volunteering may seem intimidating, it is an opportunity to develop essential leadership and teamwork skills. Through collaborating and working alongside artists, performers and fellow volunteers, you will gain valuable communication and problem-solving skills and develop patience. These skills are transferable in all areas of your life including future career opportunities. Not only that but volunteering in the arts can help you build strong connections and create long-lasting friendships.

3. Preparing you for University

Last but not least, volunteering in the arts can greatly impact your confidence and preparedness for university. The experience and valuable transferable life skills you gain from volunteering in the arts demonstrate how well-rounded you are and showcase your passion for helping others. In turn, you will foster life-long connections with different organizations within your community.

With all those benefits it’s time to find those opportunities!

Coquitlam’s local arts centre, Place des Arts is seeking youth volunteers to help with our Summer Fun camps.

Get involved in the arts today, and apply to be a Place des Arts volunteer!

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