Youthlinks offers teens ways to complete community service hours
Rockland — Local high school students needing to attain their required community service hours should check out the late spring offerings from Youthlinks.
On Mondays students have another chance to work with FoodCorps volunteer Genna Cherichello in the Spring Garden Army. Students will grow vegetable seedlings, plant flowers, construct and paint garden signs, build raised garden beds, and create a current map of the garden for Youthlinks, Oceanside East High School, and community use. Spring Garden Army offers 10 community service hours.
On Thursdays, Youthlinks is hosting a Community Action Team, a variety of community service projects including beach clean-ups, cooking and baking dishes for a monthly soup kitchen, and building a home for native bees out of wood, bamboo, and other found materials, to be located at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden. Students can earn up to 12 community service hours by participating in the Community Action Team.
Every second Saturday of the month, students can earn four hours of community service by volunteering at the Fishes and Loaves Lunch, a free weekend meal at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, a collaborative effort of St. Peter’s and the Pratt Memorial United Methodist Church. Students prepare, cook, and serve a full meal for patrons. The upcoming dates for the Fishes and Loaves meals are May 10 and June 14, and the program runs from 10-2.
The late spring session also offers three fun and free art, music, and drama based after-school programs. On Tuesdays students can exercise their painting and drawing skills and help beautify the Youthlinks building in Mural Art. Back by popular demand on Wednesdays is Improv, the fast paced, no-script form of theater. Fridays offer music lovers the chance to plan and run a radio show through Rockland’s local radio station WRFR in Youthlinks Radio.
Youthlinks programs are free, run Mondays through Fridays, from 3 to 5 p.m., and meet at the Youthlinks building at 420 Broadway (at the end of the driveway to Oceanside East). Students can pick up registration forms from the guidance office at Oceanside East and West or register online at youthlinksonline.org/. For more information on Youthlinks programming, please call 594-2221.