Knowing it's Important
Here we’re just talking about the general scheme of things and how you spend your spare time. Maybe you like hanging out with friends. But if you haven’t looked into what you can do in your community or at school to get involved and make a difference, then maybe you should. Here at The Youthhood, everyone is involved at school and in the community in some way.
Getting involved has a lot of different benefits, like:
- Discovering your interests – which can help you develop skills and abilities that you may not even have been aware of
- Developing confidence and skills – this can also help you in your future (like in employment or being more independent)
- Developing your resume – many employers look at whether or not you’ve volunteered or done something useful with your time, so it’s important to try a variety of different things
- Developing leadership skills – getting involved can help you learn leadership skills like getting along with others and understanding and respecting diversity. Learning how to be a leader can help you in school, at home, at work, and with having a successful future
- Giving back – volunteering and getting involved in community service or in school clubs and organizations helps you to give something of value to someone else. You get to use your skills and talents to help others
- Meeting your neighbors – Do you actually know who lives in your neighborhood? This is a chance to find out!
- Developing relationships and friendships – this part is really cool – you can get to know others that have the same interests as yourself
Okay, let’s review. It will help you with employment. It can help you develop skills and talents. It can give you a way to help others. You can make new friends, meet your neighbors, and a lot more. Basically, volunteering and community service can help you to feel really good. And hey, who doesn’t want to feel good?
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