Many politicians want every teenager to do 12-months of community service. Should teenagers be forced into community service, or should it be done by choice?
There are many reasons why compelling community service is a good idea. Community service would instill good values into the teenagers. When they are exposed to community service at an early age, they will find it more natural to do this in later life, and they will help people in need. Furthermore it would build character and self esteem and help them to prepare for real life. It also helps the kids experiment with new experiences, and broadens their skills and knowledge.
One the other hand, it takes too much time, and some teenagers may truly need to stay focused on homework and school. Then the community service could become a distraction for them. Maybe the the community service is boring for the teenager, which would turn them off to further community service work later. The community service could take place in a bad neighborhood, where crime, drugs, and violence are more likely, increasing risk for the teenagers.
Personally, I believe you should force a teenager to do community service, because it would be hard for him to care for the community service and school. (I don't understand this last sentence)