Service & Leadership Organizations

4-H provides science, civics, and leadership programs, as well as a number of resources for teachers and advisers.

The American Legion offers volunteer opportunities, citizenship education, flag materials, scholarships, and more to service-minded students. See especially Boys State/Nation and Girls State/Nation.

The American Youth Foundation offers summer and year-round leadership programs that develop leadership in young people and the adults and institutions that serve them, emphasizing personal achievement, balanced lifestyles, and service.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America allows juniors and seniors involved in service programs to mentor young students, fostering leadership in bigs and helping littles by offering them positive role models.

Camp Fire runs student programs focused on teen service and leadership, environmental issues, and other relevant topics.

Civitan International is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities.

The Close Up Foundation focuses on student citizenship, offering students the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., for an inside look at democracy in action.

The Constitutional Rights Foundation provides civic education with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, including e-Lessons for middle level students.

The Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation offers comprehensive leadership seminars, a World Leadership Congress, several international programs, and more.

Junior Achievement seeks to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential.

Junior Civitan International promotes good citizenship in the home, school, and community through service and leadership opportunities. They host an annual convention in early summer.

Junior States of America promotes student participation in public affairs through school-based chapters, regional conferences, and academic summer programs.

Key Club International helps students enhance their service potential with projects such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district, and international levels.

Kids Voting USA, specializing in voter turnout initiatives, encourages students to participate in democracy as part of an informed electorate.

The National Exchange Club sponsors an impressive selection of activities designed to benefit and encourage young people. Among other benefits, they offer a Youth Projects Guide to encourage youth service.

National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) is the 2020-21 NJHS College and Career Readiness Sponsor. NSLC prepares high-achieving high school students for college and their future career through fast-paced, high-level, interactive summer sessions.

National Student/Parent Mock Election presents students with the opportunity to share their insights about important issues on the national stage.

The National Youth Leadership Council provides programs and services that develop young leaders, support educators, and advance the field of service-learning. They host an annual service learning conference in the spring.

Points of Light Foundation challenges young people to serve others by providing training and highlighting successful service projects through their Daily Points of Light program.

Presidential Classroom engages students in civic learning through a virtual experience that connects them to military officials, journalists, and political operatives.

Rotary Youth Exchange leads one of the most well-respected student exchange programs in the country, perfect for young leaders interested in exploring new cultures.

Street Law, formerly the National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law, prepares young people to be active and effective citizens by demonstrating the connection between their lives and the law.

The United States Senate Youth Program brings students from all 50 states to Washington, D.C., to witness major policy addresses and participate in meetings with high-level government officials.

Volunteers of America, Inc. offers a local office directory so that students can easily find volunteering opportunities in their communities.

Youth Service America connects students’ education to their service through innovative programs like Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service.