Our youth is our future. Us teenagers will soon be the role models in our society. I believe that the best way to prepare us is too simply, volunteer. Why volunteer you may ask?
Volunteering is good for you physically and mentally. Whether you’re helping out a neighbor with yard work or helping out at a fundraiser, you are getting some physical activity. Volunteering is good for you mentally because all of your energy and focus is on helping others! It is also one of the best feelings at the end of the day knowing that you have helped others in need.
By volunteering you can also gain experience with a career in your interest. For example, individuals that are interested in going into the medical field should volunteer at the hospital to see what it’s really like and gain experience.
In addition, volunteering in your community gives you the opportunity to meet so many great people, create friendships and connections that will last a life time. Particularly, if you volunteer for a charity that you were personally affected by, you will meet many others who have had similar experiences.
It is so important that teens get out and volunteer because it opens so many doors for them. It improves your social skills, develops your views on issues in the community, gives you knowledge about different charities/ businesses, and gives you experience with different positions. Not only does it look good on a resume but it also makes you feel good to pay it forward.
Only 47% of Canadians volunteer and one of my goals is to promote volunteerism in youth to help make a difference in communities all over the world. I love the idea of paying it forward which is doing a favor for someone and not expecting anything in return. According to this chart, 58% of people between the ages of 15 to 24 volunteer and will hopefully increase over the years. We will be the generation of helping hands!
Without a doubt, volunteering improves your community in so many aspects. It improves you as an individual, supports families, schools, land, charities and so much more! When you volunteer you learn so much about yourself and your own community. You can discover talents that you never thought you had and gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs. It improves your independence and changes your view on the world. Most importantly, by volunteering you’re making a difference!