In 2015, we are offering 5 weeks of TeenImpact--5 different weeks to learn and serve! Back by popular demand is Farm to Table, where youth will learn about urban agriculture, food justice, healthy eating and hunger issues, and Home Sweet Home which focuses on housing and homelessness. New this year is the Service Sampler- an introduction to several community issues like history, the environment, youth development, and more! Below are the dates for this year’s program.

July 13-17- Farm to Table
July 20-24- Service Sampler
July 27-31- Home Sweet Home
August 3-7- Farm to Table
August 10-14- Home Sweet Home

Sample Daily Schedule:
• 8:45AM- youth arrive at centralized meeting location
• 9-9:30AM (depending on location)- youth are transported to a local nonprofit partner
• 9:30AM-12PM- youth engage in learning and serving
• 12-1PM- lunch
• 1-3:30PM- youth engage in learning and serving
• 3:30PM- youth leave for centralized meeting location
• 4PM- youth are picked up by parents or designated adult

Who is eligible?
Area youth aged 12-15, are invited to apply. Youth will be assigned into the program based on their preferences and availability into the program. Because we often receive more applications than we have slots, a waiting list will be established to monitor and fill all available slots.

What are the transportation arrangements for TeenImpact?
TeenImpact participants will meet each morning at a designated meeting location (TBD, but it will be a centralized location in the Richmond area and on a GRTC bus line). Program staff will transport youth in a passenger van to each location each day of the program. TeenImpact participants need to guarantee they have reliable transportation to and from the meeting location for each day of the program.

Is there a cost associated with TeenImpact?
There is a program fee of $100 for one week. This fee may be waived or reduced if financial hardship is demonstrated.

Applications are now closed.

Please take the time to thoughtfully answer the online application questions. Applications must be received by May 3, 2015, in order to be considered. Follow up will occur on an as-needed basis and occur via email or phone call.

Questions can be directed to Erin Osiol, Program Manager at eosiol@handsonrva.org  or 804-330-7027.

Started in 2010, TeenImpact is HandsOn Greater Richmond’s summer service learning program for youth. TeenImpact is a unique opportunity for youth to begin to understand issues facing our region and how they have the power to make positive change for a better community. Youth from all over the Richmond area will be engaged in learning about the issues facing our community and volunteer to address those issues. Each week has a designated theme, and each day during that week, youth visit with a different nonprofit partner along that theme. Approximately half of the day is spent learning about the organization and the issue they address, and the other half is engaged in a service project that benefits that organization.