Making a difference at a young age

I wrote a blog entry for Tenderfoot, a digital newspaper for kids:

Making a difference at a young age

When you’re young, being told you’re not old enough to do things over and over again may be frustrating. However, making a difference in the world doesn’t have an age limit. The word “volunteering” may seem like a huge responsibility to commit to and it is. Helping others in need and giving back to the community requires your time, energy, and commitment.

Volunteering isn’t just about traveling the world to service others. Although going overseas to different places like Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, and Latin America can be a great experience and opportunity, your adventure can start with you helping citizens in your own community. Simply assisting your elders to cross the street or even helping your neighbors bring in their groceries can be your jump start to changing the world around you.

The benefits from volunteering at a young age can be endless. According to DoSomething.org national survey, young people who volunteer tend to feel happier, connected to their local community, and do better in school.

Here are two tips on how to get started:

  1. Start in your own community. If you haven’t volunteered before, a great place to start is your neighborhood. Being familiar with your surroundings and the people you’re helping will keep you comfortable.
  2. Volunteer somewhere you’re interested in. Volunteering is not a chore. If you start feeling like it is, look for a different place to help out at. For example, if you like to read, volunteer at your local library and if you like animals, volunteer at an animal shelter.

For more volunteering ideas you can visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/nonprofit/kid-friendly-volunteering.cfm

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