By: Ivy McConnell
Public Relations Intern at MCCOY, Inc
According to Peter Levine, the director of Tufts University Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning, children who volunteer are more successful in school and more likely to graduate from high school and college.
These are some great ways to motivate youth to volunteer:
- They can create a name of the project and invite close friends and family join them at a local humane society or food bank. Afterwards they can go out for pizza and talk about their experience.
2. Recommend them to use their talents and work independently
- If they love sing dance or play instruments, they go to a nursing home or a after-school program to entertain other youth
- They can make blankets and donate it to animal shelter or children hospital
- If they are an artist they can make greeting cards to the troops over seas and ask for a reply or donate their art to a local museum
3. Talk to them after their experience
- Give them words of affirmation
- Ask them detail questions about their experience
- Ask them what else would they like to do
- Suggest them to keep a journal of their experience and read it afterwards
Those are just a few ways to encourage youth to get involve in their communities People are more willing to volunteer if they are asked. If you or a teacher ask them to be a activist in their communities they are more likely to get involved.