VolunTEEN Nation is a youth-led, volunteer-driven national non-profit organization with thousands of youth in their network. More than 6,500 volunteer opportunities are listed on their site and more than 17,500 youth have found opportunities since the site’s establishment.
Simone Bernstein, co-founder of VolunTEEN Nation, shares the company’s history:
At age 12, I wanted to volunteer, but it was difficult to find an organization willing to take an individual under age 18 due to safety, security, and liability concerns. As a result of this frustration, my brother, Jake, and I created St.LouisVolunteen.com, a regional online database that made it easier for local youth to find and share volunteer opportunities while also encouraging nonprofit agencies to engage youth volunteers. Interest in our youth-led, volunteer-run, regional website from schools, non-profit organizations, and students throughout the nation drove us to take the site national in March 2012, when VolunTEENnation.org was established.
The goal of VolunTEENnation.org is to provide a way for every teenager to give back to the community through: 1) the virtual and on-site opportunities database; 2) the mini-grants for international service projects; 3) the large-scale service projects; and 3) volunteer fairs.
What’s it like to work at VolunTEEN Nation?
Simone: All of our management team is in high school and college. Our internships provide students with a virtual part-time learning experience. You can complete this internship from the beach, your college dorm room, the library, or in your pajamas!
Interns will communicate with diverse non-profit organizations, collaborate with the team to achieve national expansion goals, assist in generating press releases, work with others to create newsletters and write blog entries. Interns will build effective long-term relationships with leaders in communities throughout the United States.