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These opportunities are for Sachem Residents who are in 6th-12th grade.
Teens may complete each project only one time per month. Lead the Way projects change every two months.
Certificates acknowledging any credits earned will be e-mailed as a .pdf document.
Allow one week for the processing of a community service application or certificate.Available Opportunities
Help maintain our Community Garden by weeding, watering, sweeping, pruning, and harvesting. Indoors in the event of rain. (1 hour)
Assist the library with mud-filled activities for children. Dress for a mess. This program is rain or shine. (2 hours)
Help us with projects to benefit local animal shelters and complete various tasks to earn community service credit. Teens may earn up to 9 hours per month for projects completed at home.
You must sign up for the Mutt-i-grees @ Home in addition to the In-Person Meet Ups.
Dog Biscuits: Join the Baking Coach in making homemade Dog Biscuits to donate to local shelters. (3 hours)
Cut, sort and add up donated coupons for military families in need. (90 minutes)
Help set up, break down, and guide families through our life-sized game of Candyland. This event is outdoors in Inside/Out garden. Rain date: Tuesday, August 3- same time. (4 hours)
Color (8) bookmarks for residents in local assisted living facilities. (2 hours)
Applicants must be in Grades 8-12. Teen Leaders Club is a year-long commitment. Teen Leaders will: 1) Provide input on upcoming library sponsored events. 2) Offer opinions on updating library services and designated spaces for teens. 3) Assist library staff at large library events as volunteers. Events may include Summer Reading Kick Off, Welcome 6th Graders, Fall Festival, Haunted Garden, Holiday Lights, and SachemCon. 4) Must attend at least 1 meeting every 3 months (total of 4 meetings per year). 5) Must complete 2-4 hours per month of leadership activities. Monthly Leaders meeting will count towards
Create artfully illustrated recipes with ingredients from our seed library to share with the community.
Make decorative totes for our Local Farmers Markets. (1 hour)
Spend an hour chalking your walk to spread joy and cheer throughout the community. (1 hour)
Request a project pouch to take home and complete on your own time. Earn up to 5 hours per month. You may check out a pouch once per month for a period of 7 days. Limited number of pouches are available.
Submit musical recordings for our TeenStrumentals Podcast on Soundcloud to be shared with the community. Earn 3 Community Service Hours while sharing your love of music.
Have you ever wondered what brought you and your neighbors to this very spot? How is this community shaped by who we are and where we came from? Earn 2-3 community service hours while helping us build a picture of who we are as a “people”. Record interviews with your parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors while safely social distancing. Recordings will be shared on the libraries’ social media accounts. Sign up for more information on this project!
Learn about the library’s databases and gain community service hours. Watch one database tutorial video from the Sachem Public Library YouTube channel playlist “Explore our Databases” and write a 250-350-word review. Earn 1 service hour for completion of a review, an additional .5 hour is available to those who also create a video review.
Have you rescued a shelter pet and given them a new home? Tell us your story and why rescuing and adopting a shelter pet is so important. Each inspiring story per pet will be worth 1 hour of community service.
Are you ready to lead the way? Watch librarian-selected documentaries that allow you to gain perspective and prompt acts of service in the Sachem community – while also practicing safe social distancing! Receive 2 hours community service for each documentary viewed and questionnaire completed.
By participating in this program you are giving back to your community in the following ways: (1) Becoming informed through documentaries. (2) Actively participating in a dialogue on important issues. (3) Exploring important community issues and spreading awareness by becoming leaders within the community, physically and virtually.
Love to read? Earn community service credit by reviewing award-winning Young Adult books selected by the American Library Association. The application and booklists are available below or in Teen Services. You will earn 3 hours of community service for each review that meets all of the requirements, up to 9 hours per month.
Check with your family before volunteering for a project or with an organization. Some organizations may have minimum age requirements or require training. It is your responsibility to make sure that the community service program you volunteer for will qualify with the organization that is tracking your community service hours. The library is not responsible for tracking community service hours served with outside organizations.