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SDSU faculty and alumni will present at Motiv's first Teen Service Summit, which will be held in Montezuma Hall. SDSU faculty and alumni will present at Motiv's first Teen Service Summit, which will be held in Montezuma Hall.

Inspiring Teens to Volunteer

SDSU staff and alumni seek to connect teens to volunteer opportunities.
By Katie Stanchis

Teenagers have a variety of interests: sports, music, technology, art—the list is endless. How much good could these teens do if they had the opportunity to connect their interests with volunteering opportunities through hands-on workshops and service projects?

That’s the question one San Diego–based company is seeking to answer.

This Sunday, Motiv, a web platform that connects high school students with various volunteer opportunities, will host its first Teen Service Summit in Montezuma Hall. The Teen Service Summit is an event made up of service projects and speakers that show students how to conjoin their interests and talents with their passion for volunteering.

The event will be sponsored by multiple local organizations such as San Diego State University’s professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi.

One of the speakers at the event will be an admission counselor from SDSU, Shaun Harvey, who has been working in the field of education mentoring students for the past 12 years. Another featured speaker will be Garret Hein, who recently graduated from SDSU with a degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution, and now works as a VIP Fellow for AmeriCorps and volunteer coordinator for Motiv.

“There are a lot of barriers for high school teens when it comes to service,” said Darren Schwartz, director of Motiv. “Some organizations make volunteers go through an orientation in a day and time that is not connected to the actual project.”

The workshops at the event will teach the teenagers how to take their skills and apply them to volunteer services in order to leverage their talents. Teenagers interested in leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, the arts, and athletics have a number of opportunities to help others with their talents.

One project, At Risk Youth, allows participants to repair and design surfboards to benefit the surfing-based nonprofit, ReSurf. Another project, Caring for Animals, allows teenagers participate in a community service project that will benefit animals at the San Diego Humane Society.

“I want teens to see volunteer service as more than a hurdle to getting into college or fulfilling an arbitrary obligation,” said Schwartz. “I want teens to see that they can volunteer by doing what they love, instead of seeing it as something that makes them take a break from doing something they love.”

For more information on the Teen Service Summit or how to get involved, visit the event website.