September 13 - Fresh Start

Thanks to everyone who came out to kick off our first meeting of the year! If you were unable to come to the meeting, feel free to go over the agenda and various opportunites attached below.

Leadership and Service Opportunities



Opportunities to serve on HCPSS Policy Review Committees and Howard County Government Advisory Groups- contact for more information

Volunteer Center of Howard County – Looking for a way to volunteer? You're in the right place. Click on “Find An Opportunity” to view our current volunteer opportunities. From that page you can filter the search results based on location, key word, issue, skills, age range, availability or other criteria. Click on the Opportunity Calendar link to view date & time specific opportunities in a calendar view.

Food on the 15th  Help collect non-perishable food items and toiletries for senior citizens in Howard County.

Special Olympics Howard County

Interested in volunteering? Want to coach and mentor athletes with intellectual disabilities? Consider volunteering for Special Olympics Howard County! To volunteer you must be at least 14 years old or a freshman in high school. To apply for a volunteer position, visit and complete a Volunteer Application. You must also complete an online Protective Behaviors Course, which can be found on the Volunteer page, and attend a Volunteer Orientation class. Pre-registration for the latter class is required by sending an email to Janet Larrimore, at


Howard County NAACP Youth Council

The youth council holds monthly meetings every third Monday of the month at 6:00 PM at the Ridgely’s Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road, Jessup MD 20794. They sponsor Health Fairs, Juvenile Justice Programs, Voter Registration Programs, along with many other events. Please visit their website, or email their president for more information.


Howard County Voices For Change

Voices for Change (V4C) is coordinated by the Howard County Government’s Office of Children’s Services, but receives major sponsorship from the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Columbia Association Youth & Teen Center, and the Howard County Public School System.

Voices for Change is made up of members of each Howard County high school, a handful of middle schools, and Glenelg Country School.  The group meets twice a month on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 at the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Headquarters Building. Dinner is provided at each of these meetings.  V4C creates a welcoming, friendly environment for all members, old and new.  To join, you must be a Howard County resident in at least the eighth grade.

Howard County Recreation and Parks  Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community? Howard County Recreation and Parks is an excellent place to start. We have volunteer opportunities for adults, teens and children in areas including: Adventure and Outdoors, Early Childhood and Youth, Heritage and Historic Programs, Middle Patuxant Environmental Area, Natural Resources, Therapeutic and Inclusion, and Trips and Tours. To find opportunities that match your interest and to create an account, please visit For more information contact: Shawnte’ Berry Volunteer Manager 410-313-4624


Howard County Library Howard County Library System (HCLS) welcomes students who want to volunteer. Teen volunteers develop new skills and gain practical experience as well as learn about the HCLS educational mission and vision. We are looking for students who are mature, dependable, polite, and love HCLS. Service Learning Hours may be available for students who volunteer. Students are responsible for checking with their school to verify that their hours will qualify. If you have any questions pertaining to HCLS’ volunteer program, please contact HR Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator  Mary Murbach 410.313.7750.

Howard County Police Department Several programs for middle and highs school students in Howard County including Bear Tracks, Collision Avoidance Training, Community Athletic Program, Explorer Post 1952, P.L.E.D.G.E Summer Leadership Camps, and Youth Police Academy

Opportunities with Local Government

County Executive and County Council want you to intern with them! For the County Executive, contact now for opportunities in the 2017-18 school year. Grace Fielhaur

County Council Members are looking for interns and volunteers and you can contact your councilmember directly or email them all at

Please talk to Cindy Drummond for more information and tips on how to apply


Local Children’s Board (LCB) and Maryland Youth Advisory Council (MYAC)

Looking for current 10th or 11th graders to attend monthly meetings with community leaders to discuss public policy impact on youth in Howard County contact for more information.


Other Opportunities/ Ideas I Heard Tonight

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How Can You Find Out About More Opportunities

  • Start with relationships in your school
    • Student Services
    • Administrators
    • Teachers
    • Coaches
    • Advisors/ Club Sponsors
    • Support Staff
  • Go with your interests to make meaningful connections
    • Faith based community
    • Sports
    • Arts
    • Clubs
    • Service



Wednesday, September 13, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm