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Summer of Service

boy composting at a service project Summer of Service is Utah’s statewide initiative to celebrate and mobilize youth 5-25 to make a meaningful difference in their local communities by volunteering June 1 to August 31.

Why serve:

  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Learn new skills to build your resume
  • Keep active, stay busy, avoid boredom
  • Have fun and make new friends
  • Earn a Presidential Service Award


  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Faith Based Organizations
  • Community Events
  • Government Agencies and Schools
  • Individuals (neighbors, family, others)

Find Volunteer Opportunities:

Web: Youth Service Directory or State Directory
Phone: 2-1-1 from home phone or 801-736-8929

Qualify for Prizes:

Each month, qualifying youth are entered into a drawing for prizes. Drawings are held at the end of June, July and August. Prizes include (but are not limited to):

  • VIP passes to Airborne Sports
  • Games of bowling at All Star Bowling & Entertainment
  • 1 dozen donuts from Banbury Cross
  • Unlimited fun passes at Boondocks
  • Ice cream gift certificates
  • All day passes to Cherry Hill
  • Round trip airfare in continental U.S.
  • Buffet meals at Chuck-A-Rama
  • Gift certificates to Classic Fun Center
  • Universal Day pass to Seven Peaks
  • and more

To qualify, youth must:

  • volunteer a minimum of 10 hours and track hours through our website (coming soon) AND
  • submit a video or photo with story submitted to Katie Barlow at
  • additional submissions for prizes for following/liking us on social media. Use #utsos16 to tag your photos and videos.

How to Track Hours Online:

  • Online tracking will be available June 1

How to Earn Presidential Service Recognition:

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a premier volunteer awards program.  Youth are invited to participate and be recognized by our nation’s president for being active citizens. Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States. Youth must complete the following amount of hours June 1 to August 31 for the PVSA:

  • Kids 5-12 (50 hours)
  • Youth 13-18 (75 hours)
  • Young Adults 19-25 (100 hours)

Summer of Service Prize Winners!

Click here to see last summers prize winners!

Need Help?

Call Katie Barlow at 801-245-7281 for more information

Thank You Sponsors!

Desert Star Playhouse
Christopherson Business Travel
Glenwood Caverns
Natural History Museum
Logan Aquatic Center
Roy Aquatic Center
Salt Lake County Ice Center

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