Boise teens develop leadership and empathy at TeenSide

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Boise teens develop leadership and empathy at TeenSide

Boise teens develop leadership and empathy at TeenSide

Teens in the Boise area are getting an education in leadership and community service via the TeenSide program. Offered by the City of Boise, TeenSide brings teens together once a month to identity needs in the area and develop projects to address them. The students develop and execute their own service plans, gaining experience in project management, leadership, and community outreach.

In the past, TeenSide participants have repaired bikes for low-income elementary students, helped organize food at the Idaho Food Bank, and volunteered at the Boise Rescue Mission. Barbara often combines the month’s volunteer activity with a bit of recreational or social fun—for instance, geocaching while picking up litter near the Boise River.

Think your teen would enjoy TeenSide? Have them join a meeting or one of the upcoming get-togethers:

  • October (Day TBA): Roadside cleanup at Table Rock, followed by a rock climbing session led by the Sierra Club.
  • November 12: Rake Up Boise
  • December (Day TBA): Volunteer at a local shelter

TeenSide meets to discuss projects the first Wednesday of the month at Whitney Community Center from 4–5 pm.

TeenSide volunteers in Stanley, ID

The City of Boise offers other social opportunities for kids, including Teen Night, held 7–10:30 each Friday at Fort Boise Community Center. Teens are welcome to use the center’s exercise equipment, dance rooms, and pottery studio, and play pool, ping-pong, and foosball. The city provides free transportation from three schools: Morley Nelson, Whitney, and Grace Jordan.

You can find other unique activities for teens in the city’s Activity Guide, like the upcoming day trip to Gold Fork Hot Springs on December 17, or regular Dinner & a Movie nights. Financial assistance is available. (View the Fall 2016 Activity Guide at

TeenSide volunteers work on a garden

For more information, visit TeenSide’s Facebook page or contact Barbara English at (208) 854-6625.

See how volunteering has changed one Idaho’s teen’s life, giving her a much-needed confidence boost.

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