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School's out for the summer, and that means many teens have some extra time on their hands - time that could be well-spent volunteering in local community programs.

Lorri Hirst, United Way Volunteer Center director, said many non-profit and government agencies can use teen volunteers during the summer months."Volunteer work provides youth with good work experience and helps them meet new people and explore career possibilities," Hirst said. "Youth also learn new skills and become acquainted with community issues."

Programs in need of help include:

-Utah State Training School needs youths 14 years and older to help the handicapped residents participate in craft projects or summer field trips.

-Youths are needed to "adopt-a-grandparent" at a local nursing home. Volunteers commit to spend at least one hour each week with the elderly resident, reading to him or her, visiting or helping with classes offered at the home.

-Youths 16 and older are needed to read college textbooks into tape recorders for blind students to listen to later. Volunteers must have good reading skills. No regular time commitment is required, but volunteers must read for a minimum of one hour per visit.

-Recreation for All Handicapped needs youths 16 or older to help with the handicapped children's T-ball practices at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and with field trips on Thursday afternoons.

-Scera Shell, swimming pool and theater need young volunteers to work three hours each week in concession sales. Volunteers get free monthly use of the facility.

-Youths that enjoy working with animals are needed to help at the 4-H Petting Farm in Mapleton. Volunteers take the public through the farm, giving information on the animals.

-Volunteers interested in clerical careers are needed to work a weekly shift answering phones and filing at the 8th Circuit Court in Orem. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.

For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities for youth or group service projects, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.