Parents of teens are often worried about the lessons they learn in the modern world, and attending church is one way to help instill good values in them. Many churches understand this, and they often have youth groups to help them through these difficult years. Much of what they do is learn important life lessons, but not all of them are taught in the classroom. Many youth and teen groups are given object lessons that will impress them throughout their lives.
Helping others is one of the more important lessons many churches want their members to learn, and teens are one group that gets this particular lesson many times. Youth groups often have food drives to help those who are hungry, and they often do most the work on their own. Adult advisers are on hand to help them, but the students are in charge of delegating responsibilities after they have chosen their own methods.
There are many excellent causes for helping people, and youth groups have been given many different tasks. Extreme weather events give them the opportunity to raise funds for those who are temporarily homeless and without resources. Some groups gather clothing and other necessities, and other groups have found it best to collect donations. The lesson for these groups is that it is good to help others, and they will receive a spiritual reward for their efforts.
Events to raise funds, donation items or awareness are often planned to be fun for the group. Many of them take advantage of the energy of teens, so car washes are quite popular. When people in an area need help with their yard or home, organizing a church youth group to help them is a way to drain off their excess energy while giving them a good focus for their spiritual lessons.