VIDEO: VolunTEENS, Part 1

Filmmaker Carolina Moraes-Liu presents a monthly series of videos focusing on how teenagers in Palo Alto are finding ways to volunteer throughout the Bay Area.

This first segment focuses on The Special Needs Archery Program (S.N.A.P), a nonprofit archery club located in the Bay Area. The mission of the club is to help children with special needs learn archery.

Esther Luk founded the club in 2010, and young archers volunteer on Saturdays to teach kids how to enjoy the sport.


Posted by Tyler, a resident of Southgate
on Mar 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm

What a nicely done report on young teens.

Posted by Sheila, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm


Posted by Marilia Librandi-Rocha, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Congratulations to Palo Alto Online series on Teens volunteering. A very important action that makes us know better what happens in our communities and how our kids are improving self-awareness and self-esteem around us! :-)

Posted by Bubba, a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

That looks cool, but a little dangerous. I bet in some other parts of the country they teach autistic kids how to shoot guns, funded by the NRA.

Posted by Tabarchers, a resident of Los Altos
on Mar 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Awesome report, Can't wait to see part II
Students are supervised in a 2 to 1 ratio arrangement

Posted by Fatoumata, a resident of Stanford
on Mar 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

This is a great opportunity for the youth to experience teaching and learning in our communities. Volunteering should be a part of everybody's live and this is a great initiative to inculcate this value to our children!

Posted by Monica, a resident of Professorville
on Mar 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Great job! I could not wait for more series to come. It is nice to know that there is so many people that cares. This is not just limited to the volunteers but the maker of the documentation as well. Thank you.

Posted by Linda, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Hooray for this positive look at what teens are doing in and for the community. Can't wait to learn about other "volunteen" activities!

Posted by Tracy, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Excellent documentary on volunteering in the community! It's wonderful to see teens portrayed in a positive light. I can't wait to see next month's segment.

Posted by Jackie, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Beautiful video! What a great way to highlight the good work teens are doing!

Posted by James Long, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Mar 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Really great program ran by a very knowledgeable archer!

Posted by Jasper Cooke, a resident of Los Altos
on Mar 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Great program, I agree with James that it's run by a very good teacher and that she is doing a really god job with what she's doing. Archery is a great sport and the more people who get into it the better.

Posted by Jennifer, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Beautifully done! Looking forward to future segments.

Posted by Sam Le Beau, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Mar 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I happen to be a new archer myself and find that my team is my biggest source of encouragement. It's really amazing that people are coming together to help others learn this sport. A little help makes the biggest difference.

Posted by Joyce Chan, a resident of Los Altos
on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm

What a kind lady, Esther the founder of this non-profit community archery program! Without her there's no VolunTEENs and there's no S.N.A.P ! Our community should not forget about her^.^!! Thank you~ Esther !!

Posted by Tommy Lee, a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

Having fun could be easy but having fun and making yourself fit is much better than ever by just doing sports like archery.

Posted by Adrian, a resident of Professorville
on Mar 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

A very nice program for the special needs kids. Being able to participate in a sport with fellow teens is an important facet of daily life - for them and for all teens. Thanks to Palo Alto Online for producing the video.

Posted by Dani, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Great video! Excelent project for teenagers in Palo Alto.

Posted by Gary Newton, a resident of another community
on Mar 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

This is a great video showcasing this worthy cause and others like it. I am friends with Aaron's father, and it is very nice to see Aaron developing as a young man.

Thank you for this!

Posted by Ann, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

S.N.A.P is a wonderful program. The children in it benefit from the repetition of the movements and focus. Some of the autistic children love the program, and their parents believe they have improved much more than with other sports. Not to mention the benefits with posture and the socialization aspect of the program. I hope this video will inspire people not only to do volunteer work, but also for people to have ideas like Esther's to create programs that can benefit the community. Esther your program is truly wonderful. Thank you so much for dedicating so much time and energy to help everyone. You are a wonderful person and your program indeed help many. Thanks Esther!

Posted by Esther, a resident of Los Altos
on Mar 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

Yes, Ann, we should do more than just volunteer work. We need more programs that can benefit our community, and we ALL enjoy our work at the same time. Thanks Esther

Posted by Jan, a resident of another community
on Mar 20, 2012 at 3:51 am

Great video. I would love to see more video about what these teens are doing.

Posted by Christina Owen, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Thank you, Carolina, for your passion to share the good works our students do! I look forward to seeing more of your inspiration for other students to "Get Involved!" See more Paly student reflections on service here: Web Link

Posted by Michele Dauber, a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

Great video, Carolina. Thanks for making these -- we are lucky to have a professional talented filmmaker to make these videos for us.

Posted by Jen, a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

It is truly amazing to know that the local residents, adults and teens, are gathering together and helping autistic children.
Even though a lot of sports has doubts in them (autistic children), the archery community didn't. They gave in.

Posted by Goia Vaz, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I liked very much the video, cause I believe the peoples has to think in another peoples all the time.we live in a comunity and we can help when we want, I'm from Brasil,Salvador- Bahia and I couldn't inform my city or my country because didn't have the option, and I'm very proud with my friend Carola filmmaker.
When we do something to somebody with love , we recieve good feelings of GOD.

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