Many schools require their students to volunteer and participate in community service projects. In fact, colleges and universities also like to see volunteer hours on prospective students’ applications. At The Kiski School, we understand the importance of volunteering, but we also see it as more than just racking up as many hours as you can. We encourage our students to volunteer for the usual reasons such as strengthening their sense of community and helping improve the lives of others, but we also see it as a learning opportunity. Here are a few ways our students benefit from volunteering:
When students volunteer at various organizations, it gives them the opportunity to experience different working environments. They can get practical, hands-on experience that will help them decide what they want to study in college. Boys tend to retain information better when they can actively apply what they’re learning to a real-world problem. Community service is a great way to start applying what they learn in school to the real-world.
Volunteering is also a great way for students to develop their problem-solving skills. When they’re working as a volunteer, they will have to adapt to new situations as they come. This will help them learn to think on their feet, make quick decisions, and solve problems on the fly. Being able to work effectively under constantly changing circumstances is a great skill for young men to develop before entering the real world.
While volunteering, our students also experience personal development. They learn more about themselves and determine what their strengths and weaknesses are while donating their time to different causes. It also helps them develop leadership skills. They can work with others as part of team and learn how to communicate with each other to complete different projects and reach their goals. Contributing and leading a team as a volunteer is a valuable learning experience for young men.
Community service is beneficial for all young men, especially when they use it volunteering as an opportunity for personal development. You can learn more about the volunteer opportunities our boys take advantage of when you schedule a visit!
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, private, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States. Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes AP and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.