Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.

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Organized Volunteering

What every teen needs for success: cap, gown,and S.A.T Scholarship!

What every teen needs for success: cap, gown,and S.A.T Scholarship!

Looking ahead to summer, some local organizations have stepped up their volunteer recruitment efforts – and they are targeting teens.  In this hospital’s newsletter there was a notice about their ‘Volunteen’ program. The Onslow County Library recruits for its teen volunteer program regularly.

 These types of programs are a good way for teens too young for to apply for paid employment to get exposure to job skills and work experience.  And then there is the Onslow County S.A.T. (Sponsors for Academic Talent) program.  This program rewards high school seniors with scholarship money based on community service hours throughout Onslow County.  Where and how the community service is to be performed seems to be well-regulated and the scholarships are generous.

 Having programs like these are wonderful opportunities for our teens.  You just can’t ignore the S.A.T. program and I am fairly sure that the county high schools greatly encourage participation.

 But I still think it is important for teens to be open to serving in their community for the sake of it.  To my thinking, it is along the lines of doing chores at home.  As all of us live in this house, all of us are responsible for the upkeep.   Right now, the boys have served their community mainly via church activities.

 Gus was asked to run a game of musical chairs for an Easter event last year sponsored by our church.  He stepped up admirably and even had a bit of fun.  He assisted the community theatre working lights and sound for a short production.  Each Sunday both of the boys help work the church lighting, sound and recording systems.

 And they also help our neighbors.  The boys have been asked several times to water gardens for neighbors who are away for several days.  They have walked a neighbor’s dog, lifted heavy boxes, taken out trash, and helped a neighbor navigate her computer screen.

 I like to think they get something out of stepping up in their community of worship and their neighborhood.  And I like to think that they think nothing of it other than just doing their part.

Click hereto learn more about volunteer opportunties at Onslow Memorial Hospital.

How do you inspire your teens to get involved and volunteer in the community?

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