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Project Ideas: Teens

1. Neighborhood Helper

Gather a group of friends to offer services to help those in your community throughout the year, whether it be planting flowers, raking leaves, shoveling snow, mowing lawns, or walking the dog! Select designated dates for the projects each season.

What you might need:

  • Flyers or an advertisement to let others know about the availability of your services (contact your local paper to see if they will donate ad space for you)
  • Supplies: rake, gardening tools, snow shovel, lawnmower, etc.
  • How to promote
  • Auction at community meetings (Rotary, other)

2. Video Game Tournament

Organize a video game tournament (football, PlayStation II) with brackets and a prize for the winner. Charge a small entry fee to participate and raise funds for children with cancer.

What you might need:

  • Flyers or an advertisement top promote the tournament services (contact your local paper to see if they will donate ad space for you)
  • Television sets
  • Video game systems (PlayStation II, Nintendo, X Box)
  • Chairs
  • Poster to create a bracket
  • Snacks for participants

3. Ice Scrapers

When snow and ice hit, gather a group of friends to scrape car windows at school for teachers and staff in exchange for a donation to the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation.

What you might need:

  • Warm gloves, hat, and scarf
  • Ice scraper
  • Sign advertising services

4. Walk N' Roll

Hold a "Walk N' Roll" around your school track or local park. Invite participants to walk, rollerskate, or skateboard around track. Approach classmates, teachers, and parents to sponsor you per mile.

What you might need:

  • Signs/flyers announcing event
  • Sponsor sheets
  • Bottled water or a cooler of water and paper/plastic cups for participants

5. Bake Sale

Round up a group of friends to make baked goods and hold a bake sale to benefit kids with cancer.

What you might need:

  • Table and chairs to display baked goods
  • Signs/flyers announcing event
  • Baked goods

6. Blooms for Cancer

Purchase flowers at your local grocery store or florist and bring them to a graduation ceremony, sporting event, concert, etc.. Sell the roses to raise funds for kids with cancer.

What you might need:

  • Flowers (carnations, roses, tulips)
  • A bucket of water (to hold flowers before they are sold)
  • Sign/flyer to promote event

7. Garage Sale

Hold a garage sale or enlist your classmates and neighbors to get involved in a "block sale."

What you might need:

  • Sign/flyer to promote sale
  • Items to sell (clothing you can't wear anymore, household items your parents no longer need, toys you have outgrown)
  • Masking tape/market to note the sale price of items
  • Jar or can to hold money collected

8. Car Wash

Enlist the help of some friends or a school group to hold a car wash with the proceeds going to help kids with cancer.

What you might need:

  • Sign/flyer to promote car wash
  • Sponges/rags to wash cars
  • Carwash soap
  • Towels/chamios to dry cars
  • Hose/water