Teens Change the World!

Teens Change The World! Service Club

Activate Good’s year-round service club leads supervised group service projects with teens from around the Triangle. The TCTW! Club engages teens with their community while working with them in potentially smaller group sizes if needed. Teens are invited to participate in as many or as few events as they like, complete any necessary service hours, and invite their friends to join in!

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Teens Change The World! Summer Program

Registrations are currently closed for our Teens Change The World! 2020 Summer Program. Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we have decided it is in the best interest of all involved to temporarily suspend the in-person program.

Limited need-based scholarships are available.


TEEN APPLICATION SECTION (including video) (currently closed)

IMPORTANT: Both Parent and Teen sections must be completed before an application is considered complete. The Parent section must be completed by the participating teen’s parent or legal guardian. The Teen section must be completed by the participating teen and involves the creation of a short video (can be created using a phone). Please be sure to read through application instructions and policies regarding participation, waivers, and refunds. Applications will not save as drafts and must be completed in a single sitting, though parents and teens may complete their sections at different times.


*Remember: Programming for each week is the same, and teens can only be accepted to one. Each day of the program occurs at a different service project host site in Raleigh, NC. Please note different locations on the schedules linked per week below. Parents will receive a welcome packet reiterating all location information and other details prior to the start of their week.

Week 1

Week 2

Program Schedule Overview

Monday – Thursday

Drop off / arrive (at a different location each day based on service project): 8:30-9:00 AM
Service Project: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 Lunch + Learn with Nonprofit Partners: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Social Impact Workshops with the Pros: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Teens will have opportunities to learn from social impact professionals on topics such as how to use social media to promote your cause, how to raise money, how to recruit volunteers, and more.
(Optional) Social Impact Project planning + Additional Mentoring with the Pros: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Teens have the option to stay for some additional one-on-one or small group time to dive deeper into the topics that interest them.
Pick up / depart: 5:00-6:00 PM


Drop off / arrive: 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Service Project: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 Lunch + Learn Activities: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Social Impact Project Pitch and Winner Selection Showcase: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Pick up / depart: 2:30 – 3:00 PM

*At the Showcase event, teens will have the option to pitch their ideas for making an impact to parents and local community leaders. Participating teens will be eligible to win a grant which will be awarded to the charity their project will benefit so teens can carry out their project before the end of 2020. Parents / guardians should plan to attend.

About The Summer Program

Inspired by Activate Good’s Leadership and Service curriculum currently offered in select local high schools, the Teens Change the World!  Summer Program is a week-long service and leadership experience that will give teens the opportunity to volunteer, learn about a variety of local causes, hear from social impact experts, and even pitch their ideas for social impact.

Throughout the week-long session, Teens will:

  • Earn 15 service hours in one week!
  • Learn about a variety of community issues, such as poverty, hunger, and the environment
  • Participate in community service projects where they can see what they’re learning in action
  • Learn about the role volunteerism plays in making a difference in the community
  • Tap into their personal leadership potential and explore their passion for social change
  • Get hands-on experience designing their own project for social change and receive feedback and guidance from community leaders and professionals
  • Pitch a service project idea for making a difference in the community during a showcase event for the chance to win a small grant to actually execute their project!

Age: High School aged teens (Rising Freshmen through Rising Seniors)
Cost: $300 / teen (*Limited need-based scholarships may be available; please follow instructions on the application page if your household can demonstrate a financial need.)
Lunch and snacks will be provided to participants daily.
We cannot provide transportation. (If your teen needs help with transportation, the Youth GoPass for free local transportation may be a good option.)
Both week-long sessions contain the same programming, however, daily service project locations will vary. 

Thanks To Our 2019 Sponsors & Partners:

Thank You also to:

Dr. Bulent Ender

Kim Curry

Bill Halvorsen

Richard Averitte