Citizenship Edge Opportunities

For the Citizenship Edge, you will need 100 hours that may include a combination of service learning, community service, and civic engagement (a minimum of 10 hours must be civic engagement opportunities).  You will need to do three separate volunteer activities.  Civic engagement activities include:  attending political, governmental, ASNMU, non-profit, or board meetings including school board or PTO meetings; attending public hearings; or working on a political campaign or project.

Possible Citizenship or Diversity (International) Edge Hours

Interested in volunteering or studying abroad?  Check out what trips are being offered now.

Possible Citizenship or Diversity Edge Hours

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Bereavement Network is a non-profit organization that sponsors an annual camp for children grieving the death of a loved one. Camp STAR (Sharing Together and Remembering) will be held August 7-10 at Bay Cliff Health Camp. Camp STAR aims to reach grieving children in the Upper Peninsula offering support and hope during a difficult time. The camp works with children ages 8-16. While attending Camp STAR, children learn healthy grieving habits and positive coping skills. They will be surrounded by their peers with similar feelings and confide in a camp buddy who listens to their needs and concerns. We also have high energy activities like hiking, water sports, sports, campfires and therapeutic activities which facilitate talking, sharing and fun.  To be successful and provide children with the best possible experience, we need camp buddies. We are recruiting responsible, reliable young adults that are 18 to 25 years old to be paired up as a buddy for each of our campers. We are also looking for volunteers to help with groups, crafts, transportation, computer work, preparing for camp and many other little things that make a camp run. If you or anyone you know would like to help be part of Camp STAR, please fill out the application along with one reference letter and mail to: PO Box 878, Marquette, MI, 49855 or contact us for more information.  Please send a photo of yourself and 3 references with your application.  Contact Martha at for more information or visit (under the Get Involved tab) to apply.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The Girl Scouts are hosting a summer camp and are looking for volunteers! The first session is August 11-15 for 4th and 5th graders.  It will focus on the voyage through 102 years of Girl Scout history and activities. On September 11-15, the session is for 6th-12th graders. The theme encourages girls to commit to changing the world. Please contact Erin Kilbourn if you are interested at or by phone 989-928-2797.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

There are various volunteer opportunities at this year’s 11th Annual Marquette Area Blues Festival at Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Friday, August 29 - Sunday, August 31.  Opportunities include setting up, security, bartending, selling merchandise, and clean up (on Monday). Volunteers working a four-hour shift will receive a free Blues Fest t-shirt. Volunteers that work 2, four-hour shifts receive the t-shirt PLUS reimbursement for the ticket price (up to $45). Tickets for ages 15-23 are $10 per day and are available at NMU ticket outlets.  The Blues Festival hours are:  Friday, August 29, from 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, August 30, from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, August 31, from 11:30 a.m. -10:30 p.m.  Job descriptions are available on the MABS website ( Scroll down to where it says "Volunteer Here."

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula is looking for a volunteer for a young lady (16 years old) in foster care who would really benefit from mentoring services. It would be as many hours a month the individual wishes to provide. The individual would have to undergo a central registry check and background check. The young lady is very interested in art and loves to get outside. She needs assistance in learning acceptable social behavior, as she is socially delayed. She also would benefit from being taught skills such as how to plan and cook a meal, apply for a job, search and apply for housing, and understanding what resources are available in the community to assist her with any needs.  If you are interested in this, please contact Nicole Ketola, Foster Care Social Worker, Child & Family Services of the UP, Inc., 706 Chippewa Square Suite 105, Marquette, MI 49855; office: 906-228-4050 ext. 105 or cell: 906-235-7862.

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Teaching Family Homes, a 31-year-old non-profit agency, is looking for students to tutor high school students who come from abused and neglected homes.  Tutors are needed Monday through Friday from 4:45-6:00 p.m. at 1000 Silver Creek Road (at the very end of Silver Creek Road).  If you are interested, please contact Rich Rossway at 906-360-6570 (preferred) or 906-249-5437.

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