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 sort seeds that will be used to stock the Sachem Seed Library. (2 hours)
Create photo buttons for our graduating seniors for their elementary school walkthrough. Multiple sessions available, please choose one per teen. (2 hours)
Help us scan our Sachem Yearbook Archive and make it accessible digitally. (90 minutes)
Learn the basics of living on a budget from spending and saving money to planning for college debt and how to earn compound interest over time. (1 hour)
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.
Authors Unlimited 2023 will be taking place on Saturday, April 15th in person at St. Joseph’s University in Patchogue! It’s a free program that celebrates reading by connecting teens and authors. Attendees will get the chance to hear from three dynamic authors of young adult literature, first at a panel and then in solo sessions. There will be a chance to purchase books and get them signed! (3 hours)
Decorate a cheerful bag to be donated to a local food pantry. Please bring a box of cereal to program. (1 hour)
Pete the Cat will be making a special appearance in Children’s Services. Wear the costume and assist. Costume will fit those 5’ 5” to 5’ 9” of slender build.
Assist the Friends of the library with the set-up of their book sale. (1 hour)
Watch bicycle safety videos and take the bicycle safety quiz. (1 hour)
Create either a Snapchat or TikTok about what kindness means to you.(1 hour)
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. 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.