The first time a kid gets to sell cookie dough or raffle tickets for a
good cause, it is undeniably thrilling to help fund something they believe
to be important. After that the poor kids are tainted -- either by parental
groans, cheap incentive gifts or the realization that soliciting is hard work.
By high school, new motivations for community philanthropy and service
projects include social fun, competitive challenges and resume building.
However, something interesting happens on the cusp of adulthood if a teen
discovers a cause close to their heart. Gratitude inevitably swells with
new knowledge of those in need and career aspirations suddenly include
opportunities to “make a difference” rather than just make money.