No matter where you live, there's bound to be an organization that needs volunteers. Putting in kid hours on a service project is a great after school activity on many levels. Your child builds community connections, makes a positive impact on something that's important to him or her, and gains a sense of accomplishment by working toward a goal. Just a few of the volunteer possibilities open to tweens include cleaning up a neighborhood stream, packing groceries into bags for a local food pantry, or helping out an animal rescue center.
Community service is an important part of scouting and some school clubs, such as Junior Beta. Local churches and community service organizations like United Way and Rotary Club are other good resources for supervised tween volunteer opportunities.