“It’s fine to serve youth, but better to let youth serve.”
-- Anne Banning, Assistance League Founder
Assisteens, a volunteer teen service group open to girls and boys in grades 8-12, is an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Salt Lake City. Assisteens auxiliaries have been a part of the Assistance League chapters nationwide since 1959. This is a special year for our Assisteens as they celebrate their 10th anniversary at the same time as Assistance League of SLC commemorates 40 years of service!
Membership: Assisteens meet once a month and pay annual dues of $25.00 to become members of both the local and national Assistance League. Leadership is a combination of Assisteens members, parents and an Assistance League Board member. Membership encourages a sense of community responsibility, self-reliance, poise, public speaking and leadership skills. Our current membership represents 12 high schools across the Salt Lake valley.
Programs: Assisteens support many of the philanthropic programs carried out by the Assistance League, including bagging clothing for Operation School Bell, labeling books for Book Bank and sorting donations/helping customers at the Thrift on 33rd. Assisteens also select and complete their own service projects within the community. During the 2016-17 school year, our Assisteens sorted clothing at the Homeless Youth Resource Center, hosted a holiday party with preschoolers at the Boys and Girls Club and a birthday party for children at a Domestic Violence Shelter, potted flowers for residents at a local senior center, assembled toiletry kits and hosted craft stations for children at a transitional housing center and made over 100 bunny baskets for children at the local YWCA.
In June 2017, our Assisteens Coordinator, 2016-17 President and 2017-18 President represented our chapter at the Assisteens National Conference held at California State University, Fullerton. They joined nearly 200 coordinators and teens from across the country to attend workshops on how to make our Assisteens Auxillary the best it can be!