Homeschool High School Volunteering and Leadership Activities

Summary:  Homeschool high school electives are the fun of homeschooling our teens.  Volunteering and leadership activities also can really help our teens get into college.  Here are a bunch of them to browse through and each one can earn high school credit! #homeschoolhighschool #highschoolelectives #volunteering #homeschoolleadershipactivities

Has your teen helped lead a class in co-op?  Or did they volunteer as an assistant at Girl Scouts camp?  

These are important things to share with the colleges.  

Many colleges are looking for some demonstrated leadership skills in their applicants. 

But leadership related activities are not hard to find.  There are many opportunites for these in our communities, such as:

- National Speech and Debate Association - offering middle and high school competitions & tournaments and much more! They are also on Facebook


-Joining a Parks Department Teen Board
-Volunteering as a Teen Leader in Scouts, 4H, Parks, or YMCA ----Volunteering at Church, in youth programs, day camps, etc.
-Paging at the State Legislature
-Volunteering at an animal shelter
-Participating in a Play/Drama
-Helping in a class at Co-op 

Here are some more high school activities leadership activities, including the one my teen really enjoyed, called Youth and Government.

Youth and Governmentis a hands on way of learning about state government, gaining speech and debate skills at the same time.  They meet in small groups, as delegations, then compete in district events, while learning about state government and how a bill becomes a law.  Meanwhile they practice debate skills, leading up to the statewide Youth Mock Legislature

    The teens gather together at the youth legislator and enact the roles of legislators and vote on mock bills, written by the teens themselves.  This program is available in 33 states across the country, and is sponsored by the YMCA.  They even elect their own youth governor each year!  

    More on this program is here. - Youth and Government article.  The last evening they host a dress ball for all the teens. 

    This program is in 35 states around the U.S at YMCA Youth and Government   Check out their list of  State programs here.  Here's another state government related program:

    TeenPack Leadership Schools – This is another well established leadership program which provides groups and workshops that equip teens to become leaders in politics, society and citizenship.  

    They offer state classes, four day classes and a national convention, too. Their classes are held in 41 states at their state capitals.  Many of my teen’s homeschool friends participated in these events and learned a lot there. They looked forward to it every year.  To register for a state class click here

    Counselor-in-Training Programs – The girl scouts, boy scouts and camp fire programs all offer counselor training to teens.  Then they assist in summer day camps for younger kids.

    Volunteering – Help at a food bank as a family, volunteer at a pet hospital, or the Humane Society, assist at a library as a volunteer page, help to lead a class at co-op, etc.  By recording your teen’s hours, volunteering can be made into a homemade elective course.  

    Parks Department’s Teen Board – Many parks departments have youth teen boards, who meet regularly to plan activities for younger kids, and that is a way to learn leadership skills.

    PoliceExplorers – Many police departments offer this program for high schoolers.  It includes lots of volunteer opportunities and leadership training as well.  Our family friend has been involved it this program for years, and is gaining helpful experience, that may lead directly to a career in law enforcement.

    Speech and Debate - NCFCA – National Christian Forensics Communication Association – This is the longest standing nonprofit organization that offers speech and debate activities for homeschooled high schoolers.  They meet locally in chapters, compete regionally, and hold a national championship yearly.  Lots of my teen’s homeschool friends participated in this, and loved it.  

I recommend finding an activity that your teen is interested in and is a good fit.  Something that fits them naturally.  

Not everyone is a natural leader.  Some kids don't want to participate in group activities, but prefer 1 on 1.  Tutoring a fellow homeschooler can show leadership just as much as joining a leadership oriented group.

That's the beauty of homeschooling.  We can find the right fit for our teens.

What would you add to this list?  I love reading your comments. 


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It lays out 10 easy steps for homeschool to college, and covers everything you need to help your teen get into the college of their choice, with 7 NEW chapters

Create your own unique and nurturing high school program for your teen and showcase their accomplishments to the colleges. 

The 17 Chapters include:

>Chapter 1 - How to Start Homeschooling if you are a Newbie
>Chapter 2 - 101 Reasons to Homeschool High School
>Chapter 3 - Researching and Getting Started
  Chapter 4 - Planning High School and Making a 4 Year Plan
>Chapter 5 - Choosing Your High School Curriculum
>Chapter 6 - Three Ways to High School Credit
>Chapter 7 - Making Your Teen's Transcripts
>Chapter 8 - 100 High School Electives
>Chapter 9 - Making Homemade Courses
>Chapter 10 - Writing a Winning College Essay
>Chapter 11 - Course Descriptions and Reference Letters
>Chapter 12 - The Common Application - Your GUIDE
>Chapter 13 - Preparing Your Teen for College Writing
>Chapter 14 - Dealing with College Testing SAT/ACT
>Chapter 15 - Top Sources for College Scholarships
>Chapter 16 - Dealing with “Those Questions” from Others
>Chapter 17 - Don’t Forget the FUN!

>There are 12 downloadable high school homeschool planning printables plus a transcript form for you to just fill in.

The kind of transcript form that the colleges are used to seeing.

For more info: Homeschooling High School with College in Mind - 2nd Edition

What are people saying about it?

Hannah, homeschool mom and speaker says:  

"Having a guide like this by your side is very helpful, as it has so much information that has been compiled with great detail...and simplicity in this book.  It breaks down the steps needed for homeschoolers who seek to succeed in high school and get into college successfully."

Kelly, homeschool mom and HSA President says:

"This comprehensive book addresses all the topics parents will need to successfully homeschool their students through high school and completely prepare them to enter college. 

Betsy has broken down the steps to follow and done all the work for you…except for homeschooling your kids! She has clearly presented concrete examples in her chapters called “Planning High School with College in Mind” and “Three Ways to High School Credit.”

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
collegegifted/2e and wrote -Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition,   She offers homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had some of her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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