Registration for the service learning program for middle and high school students is NOW OPEN

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Alexandria, VA – Service Learning Program… in Alexandria! “It really opened my eyes to the problems in Alexandria,” says a participant in the program after the three-day experience.

This program is designed for young people and focuses on community involvement. Participants will learn more about the social issues facing Alexandrians and how nonprofit organizations are tackling these issues while earning direct service hours and service learning hours.

We use the PARE model, which takes into account key components Preparation, action, reflection and evaluation. This allows students to encounter a new reality that opens their eyes and challenges what they thought they knew. We want students to acknowledge their discomfort, discuss it in a supportive community, and ultimately consider how they might live differently as a result of the experience. “I felt like I was making a difference and it felt good to help the community. I feel satisfied with what we have achieved.” Student

The program is a chance for students – grades 6 through 12 – to learn about issues facing their community and do something about it. Participants will engage with nonprofit organizations, city agencies, and people from a variety of backgrounds to earn job hours and explore career paths.

Register in our FREE learn-to-use program in July and/or August. Lunch and snacks provided. Register online at

Volunteering opportunities for children and young people:

All ages:

Help clean up the four mile run. The Four Mile Run Conservancy is looking for volunteers to remove trash from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Equipment is provided.

Help collect garbage. Trash Trekkers meet monthly from 10-11 a.m. to collect trash at the local library. Equipment will be provided.

8 and older:

Children cope with hunger – Children wearing gloves will prepare sandwiches, assemble them and pack them individually. Children should wear their hair pulled back and under a baseball cap or other full hair covering such as a bandana/scarf or hairnet. Due to limited space, we ask parents to wait in the seating area. Volunteer Alexandria manages this project and guides the children, as well as leading a discussion about volunteering, giving and hunger.

12 years and older:

Library volunteers. The Teen Advisory Group meets monthly with current and future library volunteers.

Help dogs get adopted – Lucky Dog Animal Rescue needs dog sitters, drivers and advocates to talk about dogs with potential adopters on the first Sunday of each month from 11:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each person between the ages of 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult dog.

Knit for a cause – The Barrett Branch knitting and crochet group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month to work on a meaningful donation project. No experience required. We provide materials, but you can bring your own.

Did you know:

Volunteering is fun and let’s not let adults and children know that they can make a difference. Children’s involvement in serving others increases their self-esteem and shows them that they can contribute to society.

Volunteer, Alexandria!

Volunteer Alexandria connects people ages six and older with community needs. Our mission is to build a stronger community by inspiring and mobilizing people to volunteer!

Register at for information about volunteer opportunities. Volunteering Alexandria | 2202 Mount Vernon Ave., Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22301 | 703-836-2176, (email protected)

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