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 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.
Assist the Friends of the Library with the set-up and break down of our book sale. Please sign up for only one session per Teen. (1 hour)
Assist at our winter light show in the library’s garden. Dress warmly as this event is outdoors. Session dates may be adjusted for inclement weather. (90 minutes)
Create holiday cards for residents at local assisted living facilities. (1 hour)
Assist with activity stations at our special winter light show event and holiday market. Dress warmly as parts of this event is outdoors. (3.5 hours)
Applicants must be in Grades 8-12. The Teen Leaders Club is a year-long commitment. Teen Leaders will : Provide input on upcoming library sponsored events. Offer opinions on updating library services and designated spaces for teens. Assist library staff at large library events as volunteers. Teen Leaders must attend at least 1 meeting every 3 months (total of 4 meetings per year) and must complete 2-4 hours per month of leadership activities. Monthly Leaders meeting will count towards these hours. (Hours will vary depending on the events and meetings)
Submit musical recordings to audition for our new Teen Band. This group will be comprised of teen musicians in the Sachem community. If selected to perform in this musical group, musicians will be awarded service hours for all rehearsal dates and performances. Rehearsal dates and times will be emailed to selected musicians. The goal is to meet once per week at a prearranged day/time in the library. Students submitting an audition piece for consideration will earn 3 hours community service for their time. (3 hours plus additional if selected)
Create a book trailer for teen books at Sachem Public Library. (3 hours)
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 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.