All children deserve a chance.

Not just any chance, but a true opportunity
To have a childhood.
To dream.
To reach their fullest potential.

Reaching Out

More children are struggling with mental health issues today than ever before. In fact, behavioral and emotional disorders affect thousands of children right here in our community. And it is a sad truth that two-thirds of these kids never receive the help they need.

The good news is that treatment does work for those who receive it.

Child Guidance Center is dedicated to providing child-centered, family-focused mental health services in Lincoln. Utilizing a combination of unique programs and proven strategies to meet every individual's needs, we serve more than 2,000 children and adolescents each year.

The services we provide are available to all youth throughout the community, regardless of financial ability.

7 Summer Volunteer Ideas for Teens

School is out for the summer, and that means that your teen set is going to have a whole lot of time on their hands. Though the studying might be over, the summer months are still crucial for exploring careers and getting volunteer experience. Here are some fun ways that your teen can give back to the community:

Libraries
If your teenager loves literature or interacting with kids, the library might be the perfect volunteer opportunity for them. Tasks can range from reading books for groups of children to helping develop social media presence.

Camps
Too old to attend and too young to be counselors, teenagers are in the volunteering sweet spot for camps. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy typical camp activities while gaining new skills.

Nursing Homes
Nothing brightens the days of residents at nursing homes quite like a visit from a young person. Volunteering at a nursing home gives teens the chance to form friendships with and gain wisdom from a wonderful group of people.

Hospitals
Several hospitals have programs for teenagers who are looking to volunteer. This is a particularly excellent option for teens who are considering a career in the medical field.

Animal Shelters
Who doesn’t love playing with adorable animals? Volunteering at an animal shelter is also a great method of career exploration for teenagers who are interested in becoming veterinarians.

Museums
There’s always something interesting going on at a museum. Many have volunteer programs that allow teenagers to help with events or daily archiving tasks.

Local Farms
Farmers often look for the help of young workers in the summer. Whether it’s cutting weeds out of organic fields or watering beautiful gardens, volunteers will get to enjoy nature and burn off some extra energy.