I’ve posted before about a kid in my neighborhood who saw the line that formed outside a local food pantry this past winter and decided to do something about it. With pretty basic programming skills (or so he told me) he created a signup site so that recipients could get a 15 minute window where they could come up pick up their groceries. They could designate low-salt, vegan, gluten free or whatever dietary restrictions they had.
He “sold” the organization on the idea, then set up the site, then offered technical assistance for anyone having trouble using it (a couple of elderly recipients kept locking themselves out by inadvertently signing up for multiple packages a day-- the kid would sit with them on the phone until they logged in correctly). Also worked with the delivery vans so that the fresh produce arrived in time instead of showing up half an hour before the place closed-- which often resulted in a LOT of spoiled fresh food.
And during Covid, folks no longer had to stand outside, 6 feet apart, waiting in all kinds of weather. Just a dignified, time efficient way to get their packages.
You don’t think this is more impressive to an adcom for a business program than joining a club? If your son is interested in business, and doesn’t have the bandwidth for a job, can he find a local problem and set out to fix it??? That’s real life business training!