Habitat for Humanity involves youth ages 5-25 in meaningful activities to help further the mission of Habitat for Humanity. Through Habitat, young people of all ages have the opportunity to put faith into action, to work in partnership with a diverse group of people, and to make a positive difference in their own communities.
Remember, youth need to be 16 or older to work on a Habitat build site. But if youth are younger than 16, they can still help! Here are some ideas:
- Volunteer in Habitat’s ReStore if 14 or older
- Hold a fundraiser
- Hold a tool donation drive for Habitat construction sites
- Prepare and serve lunch for volunteers on site
- Pick up trash around Habitat building and facilities
- Participate in house dedication ceremony (read litany, hand out programs, prepare/serve refreshments)
- Conduct penny wars fundraiser against other classes
- Construct a small house and collect change at approved locations
- Make birdhouses and window flower boxes. Decorate flower pots for house plants. Make key chains, or simple picture frames for fundraising efforts.
- Decorate a wood stud with blessings or messages to the partner family
- Be creative and create your own project!
Habitat International Games
A campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitat affiliate to fulfill the four functions of a campus chapter: building, fundraising, advocating, and educating.
Teacher/Youth Leader Resources
Youth are the future of Habitat, and teachers and youth leaders can utilize the following resources to teach students about the need for affordable housing in our community and around the world. The Habitat lessons focus on housing issues around the globe, particularly emphasizing issues facing low-income families. They explore the social, economic, geographic, and political issues surrounding housing.
- Inequality in Latin America
- Inequality in Latin America (in Spanish)
- Interviewing a Housing Expert
- Measuring the Percentage of Change
- Substandard Housing in Guatemala
- Substandard Housing in Guatemala (in Spanish)
- The Benefits of Homeownership
- Who can Afford a Home?
- Teacher Overview
- Economics, Government and Housing
- Current Issues Around Poverty Housing
- Geographical Influences on Homebuilding
Deb Light, Volunteer Director: 614-364-7020
Alex Moellenkamp, Volunteer Resource Coordinator: 614-364-7030
Casey Garrett, ReStore Program Specialist: 614-364-7029