Applications for the Incredible Exchange, St. Louis County's longstanding teenage volunteer program, are available for summer 2013 participation.

The Incredible Exchange allows kids ages 12-15 to volunteer in their community and give 25-50 hours of their time and talents while learning skills. In exchange, they can earn a same-as-cash certificate for a recreational or cultural activity of their choice.

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After completing their course, participants trade their certificate to participating businesses or organizations for lessons -- such as music, art, martial arts, dance or horseback riding lessons -- or a ski, golf or YMCA pass.

Participants can choose from a variety of volunteer sites, including community centers, hospitals, assisted-living facilities, daycare centers and tourist attractions.

Participants must be 12-15 years old on April 13, live in South St. Louis County, fill out an application and participate in up to two sessions.

Applications are available at and following the link to the application. Paper applications will be accepted and can be printed from the website and mailed or faxed to "The Incredible Exchange," St. Louis County Extension Office, Government Services Center, 320 W. Second St., Suite 709, Duluth, MN 55802.