Volunteer/College Prep Opportunities
High school students are required to complete 100 volunteer hours as a graduation requirement. Students can volunteer at various places in the community to obtain hours. For example, students can be a horse guide at the NC Riding Therapeutic Center or volunteer at the Cone Health Medical Center, among many other opportunities. 

Listed below are volunteer opportunities and college preparatory activities that high school students can participate in. College preparatory activities and extracurricular activities are not awarded volunteer hours. Contact the school counselor for additional information concerning volunteer hours. 

Volunteer Log

Opportunities for students to volunteer during covid-19***

NC Therapeutic Riding Center
Each of our clients may require up to three volunteers to assist them while on the horse, a leader and two sidewalkers, who walk beside the client to assist as directed. No horse experience is required to volunteer as a sidewalker. The minimum age for volunteering in classes is 15. If a weekly commitment doesn't fit into your schedule right now, or physical limitations prevent you from volunteering in the arena, we have lots of other volunteer opportunities! We are always looking for volunteers to help with special events, speak on behalf of NCTRC at events, join our board of directors or various committees, help with office jobs at the farm, and many other tasks.
    Cone Health Medical Volunteer
    Volunteers of all ages are making a difference at Alamance RegionalMedical Center. Every day, volunteers greet visitors, escort patientsfor discharge, provide directions, deliver patient mail and performcountless other tasks. The smiles, comfort and helping hands they offerto patients and families are a vital part of our organization. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

    Greensboro Community YMCA Swim League
    The Greensboro Community YMCA Makos Swim Team will be hosting events at the Greensboro Aquatic Center (Greensboro Coliseum Complex). Many volunteers will be needed in order successfully host an event. We are offering community service hours for this event. See school counselor for details.

    YESS! Youth Engaged Serving Seniors
    Are you a student between the ages of 12 and 17 who is looking for a wonderful adventure this summer? Do you like older people and enjoy helping with activities, music, crafts, games, or just talking with an "adopted grandparent?" If so, you might be interested in the YESS Twin Lakes Community Summer service program. This program helps you learn more about older adults and gives you the opportunity to spend 1 or 2 days each week during the summer volunteering at Twin Lakes. Contact Katie Gantos as (336) 585-2351 or [email protected] for more information.

    Humane Society
    Volunteering is a vital and important part of any animal rescue organization. If you are not able to donate money, but you still want to help us save lives, you can volunteer your time. Maybe you're great at making posters- we can use you! Maybe you have a knack for talking to people about the value of adoption- we need you! Are you free to help us clean and love the kitties at our Petsmart Foster location- we would love to have you help out! 

    There are so many ways you can help, including:
    •     Adoption Fairs
    •     Fostering
    •     Office Help (labeling, filing, folding, oh my!)
    •     Fundraising
    •     Transporting Animals
    •     Special Events/Parties
    •     Luv-a-Pet Feline Adoption Center (PetSmart)

    The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough
    We are a staff of three full-time employees and depend on a core group of excellent, well-trained volunteers to help us with staffing the Hillsborough Visitors Center, leading historic walking and bus tours, assisting with field trips for school groups, conducting research for special projects, and helping out during events. If you decide to volunteer with AHH, we want to ensure that your time spent is enjoyable and enriching. Paws4ever Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Paws4ever! We also welcome groups of volunteers (over age 16) - please contact [email protected] for more information or visit the website to fill out an online form.

    Extracurricular/College-prep activities 

    CFNC Directory of NC College Prep Programs for middle and high school students

    CFNC Database 

    Summer Enrichment Programs in NC

    Teen Court
    Ages 12-18
    Teen Court is a program designed to allow volunteers to be a part of the court process by performing duties of prosecuting and defense attorneys, court clerk and bailiff. Students can develop leadership skills and practice public speaking.

    Duke Talent Identification Program
    Duke TIP provides students with the opportunity to partake in summer and weekend academic enrichment programs at various universities. Students qualify to enroll in the program by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on 5th and/or 6th grade End of Grade Tests.

    Project Uplift
    Age: Rising senior
    Project Uplift is a special program that enables high-achieving rising seniors to experience college life on the Carolina campus. Students spend two days visiting classes, meeting with faculty and staff, interacting with Carolina students, and participating in cultural and social activities.

    College Writing for High School Juniors
    Juniors can apply to take a writing course with an Elon to learn writing skills that you can apply to advanced placement course and college courses. Applications are due October 26.

    Collegiate Start @ Elon
    Collegiate Start @Elon is a dual enrollment program designed toprovide high school seniors with the opportunity to simultaneouslyenroll in both high school and college courses, and receive dual highschool and college credit. The program provides advanced academicoptions for high-achieving high school seniors in over 40courses. Students enrolled in Collegiate Start @Elon are eligible totake up to two college-level courses each fall and spring academicsemester. Eligible students who are selected to participate areclassified as a Special Student through the Elon University Admissions Office. Applications are due October 29.

    Summer Ventures in Science and Math
    This program is available to rising juniors and seniors. It is a cost-free, residential summer experience of research and study in science and mathematics for academically talented students.

    The North Carolina HOBY Leadership Seminar is a 3-day leadership programfor approximately 140 rising high school juniors held each June inRaleigh. HOBY Ambassadors have an opportunity to develop their criticalthinking skills, learn about their personal leadership styles, and forman appreciation for community service. They attend panel sessionsfeaturing prominent speakers from our government, businesses, media, andeducational communities. They participate in leadership developmentworkshops and activities.

    UNC LEAD Program
    The Carolina Pharmacy Leadership, Excellence, And Development (LEAD)program is a one-day preparatory and professional development programgeared toward students who are interested in exploring a career inpharmacy and learning how to be competitive in the pharmacy-schooladmissions process.

    Martha Guy Summer Institute
    MGSI is held every July for three weeks. Students will spend the firsttwo weeks on the Appalachian State campus learning about business anddeveloping professional skills. Among the activities is a group projectthat involves developing a business plan. Each group presents its planto a panel at the end of the first two weeks. The final week will bespent on an exploratory trip to Washington D.C. and New York City.

    Sweet Briar College High School Women's Engineering Camp
    Our events are built around hands-on, team-based design projects that emphasize creativity. No engineering experience is needed to attend.

    Heels for Success
    Heels for Success is a one-day summer program to help academically talented, rising tenth and eleventh graders prepare for college. Over the course of your day, you’ll continue on the path toward college by getting an opportunity to be a part of the Carolina campus and learn firsthand about the academic and extra-curricular preparation required by selective colleges. You’ll learn techniques for approaching the ACT, college applications, and essays. You’ll also get the chance to connect with other outstanding students.

    Engineering Summer Program at NC State

    Each summer elementary, middle and high school students attend programs throughout the state to discover what engineering is all about. For 2016 we have programs in Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Hickory, Havelock, Wilson, Spindale and Charlotte.

    Rotary Youth Leadership Program
    Experience a residential college setting at Guilford College and gain valuable leadership skills. Applications can be submitted online or by mail. Graham Rotary Club will sponsor and cover all costs for one student each year. See counselor for more details.

    Splash UNC
    Splash is a fun and relaxed academic program that lets intellectually curious students explore new subjects and fields in small classes taught by UNC-Chapel Hill students. Students get a taste of college by spending a day on the UNC campus taking a series of short, fun classes in a wide range of topics taught by smart and passionate college students. Classes range from topics like neuroscience to origami and yoga, so there is something for everyone. The ultimate goal of Splash is to impart a love of learning on students in a stress free, dynamic, and fun atmosphere.

    NC State Pre-College Programs

    Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development
    Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development is a one week overnight wilderness experiential education program designed to develop multi-cultural leadership skills through challenging outdoor activities. YMCA Camp Weaver is excited to offer this unique six day backpacking course.

    Camp Neuro at UNC
    Camp Neuro and Camp Cardiac
    , run by local medical students in over 30 cities nationwide, serves as an ideal introduction for any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine or psychology. With a focus on both education and real world experience, Camp Neuro provides students with a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in both the medical and psychological fields.  In addition, this 1-week summer day camp provides a foundation for healthy living with an emphasis on both diet and exercise.  Although Camp Neuro's primary focus is on care and maintenance of the brain as well as psychology, it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine.

    Ferrum College Summer Enrichment Camp (Ages 9-13)
    Classes involve ACTIVE PARTICIPATION with a variety of daily projects and group activities. Instructors are specially chosen for their unique abilities to make learning come alive. Average class size is 12 participants. Campers are enrolled in four classes. Some classes are Crime Scene Investigators, Cooking, Engineering, Animee-Sushi-Samuri, Hogwarts Academy, Mythology, Theater, etc.

    Cooperative Leadership Camp Each summer, the Council holds a week-long, overnight camp for youth, held at the NC FFA Center at White Lake, NC.   Open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, this camp features energetic and interactive workshops and presentations, outdoor recreation, leadership development, team building activities and small group sessions with an emphasis on how cooperatives operate.  Youth who attend are sure to have an exciting, memorable learning experience while making lasting friendships with youth from across the state.  Cooperative Leadership Camp is designed to provide an enjoyable learning experience for students, concentrating on:


    • The cooperative way of doing business in a free enterprise society

    • Developing leadership skills and qualities in our future community leaders

    • Building a better understanding and appreciation for cooperatives

    • Recognizing outstanding NC youth possessing leadership qualities

    Broyhill Leadership Conference

    The Broyhill Leadership Conference is a unique, life-changing experience for delegates who attend each year.  During the conference, high school students (rising 10th – 12th graders and current year high school graduates) are challenged to learn, develop, and practice leadership skills that they will take with them and use for the rest of their lives.  While the content of what we teach at BLC is serious and challenging, the way in which the various concepts are taught appeals to young people and puts it all on a level they can grasp, personalize, and use to succeed! BLC is held annually on a college or university campus.  The registration fee to attend includes the take-home curriculum used throughout the week and as well as supplies for all the activities.  It also includes lodging and meals.

    University of South Carolina Youth and Pre-teen Programs
    Get a taste of college life at the University of South Carolina's flagship campus through these educational adventures designed for academically talented students in grades 5 through 12.  Jumpstart a future career, refine skills in the performing arts and discover student life at USC. Dive deeply into subjects you thought you'd have to wait until college to explore.

    Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)
    Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program "HPREP" is an outreach program designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to interact with medical students, faculty and health professionals. HPREP is sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

    The Perry Initiative
    The Perry Initiative partners with medical centers, universities, and high schools to host Perry Outreach Programs for young women in high school. These day-long programs are held at over 30 locations nationwide throughout the year. Participants perform mock orthopedic surgeries and conduct biomechanical engineering experiments, while also hearing from prominent women engineers and surgeons in the field. Perry Initiative Medical Student Outreach Programs are hosted by medical schools and connect students to orthopaedic surgeon mentors and like-minded peers, as well as introduce fracture fixation techniques and power tools.

    UNC Catalyst
    The annual Catalyst Conference brings a select group of approximately 100 high school students from North Carolina high schools to UNC-Chapel Hill for a weekend-long exploration and discussion of social justice issues impacting North Carolina youth.

    Stanford Pre-collegiate Studies
    Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies produces an array of programs for academically talented young students everywhere. Our programs are available online and in-person, during the summer and year-round, and feature broad exploration or intense study in a single subject.

    Pratt Institute
     programs provide high school students with rigorous college level art, design and creative thinking courses, modeled after Pratt Institute’s undergraduate offerings. Classes are taught by Pratt faculty who are committed to sharing their expertise in the fields of art and design. Students enrolled in credit bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most colleges and universities

    Duke University Youth Programs
    Duke Youth Programs is a part of Duke University Continuing Studies and has provided summer academic enrichment for academically motivated youth for over 35 years. Each summer approximately 650 youth from around the nation and world, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend one of our summer programs. All programs seek to engage learners in innovative, interactive, transformative learning experiences. Co-curricular social and recreational activities are carefully planned and delivered to complement the instructional day. The camp “learning community” approaches learning as a shared responsibility among students, instructors, and counselors.

    NC Governor's School
    The North Carolina Governors School is a 5½-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.

    Carolina Sports Journalism Camp
    Rising high school juniors and seniors with an interest in sports and media are encouraged to apply. This four-day residential workshop will include instructional sessions on sports broadcasting, sports writing, sports photography and much, much more. Students will be housed on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus.

    North Carolina Scholastic Media Association
    NCSMA is a statewide organization that promotes excellence in scholastic journalism and encourages respect for freedom of the press. NCSMA also promotes professional growth of journalism advisers and speaks for scholastic media in matters of curriculum and instruction that affect journalism education in North Carolina. NCSMA serves scholastic journalism and works for its advancement. It is an arm of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    NC Governor's Page 
    Established in 1973, the Governor’s Page Program gives high school students from all over North Carolina the opportunity to come to Raleigh for a week of hands-on participation in their state government. We want the Page Program to represent North Carolina’s diverse communities and help inspire a new generation of leaders

    Summer Textiles Exploration Program (STEP)
    The Wilson College of Textiles Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) consists of four one-week sessions for rising high school seniors interested in learning about the textile industry, fashion, engineering, polymer science and business marketing. Up to 30-35 students per week are chosen based on their academic success, interest in NC State Wilson College of Textiles, and extracurricular activities. Participants will live in one of NC State’s residence halls.

    Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Programs
    The Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Program offers rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and incoming college freshmen the chance to dive deep and explore a particular field of study. Those selected for the program will enjoy access to world-class faculty, resources, industry professionals and a one-of-a-kind view from inside a career field.

    The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime. Students who are selected will attend the NYSCamp FREE of charge.

    Wake Forest Online Immersion Program
    Are there subjects you’re thinking about taking in college but would like to know more about? The Online Immersion Program, designed for high school students ages 13 and up, has been created for this purpose. It offers exciting topics, covered in depth, through online coursework led by Wake Forest University professors and Wake Forest School of Medicine professors (depending on the course you choose). The program is available year-round, and the online format allows you to study anywhere, anytime, while working at your own pace. University mentors provide one-on-one guidance. You will complete a Capstone project to show what you’ve learned and earn a Certificate of Completion from Wake Forest University.