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.
- Youth Employment is at its lowest level since World War II
- In Indiana only 27% of 16-19 year olds are employed and only 60% of 20-24 year olds
- Nation-wide, 6.5 million people 16 to 24 years old are both out of school and out of work
Being a Marine wife has taught me to be strong, independent, and patient. It did not come easy to me. I got married at 20 years old, moved across the country to California, had my husband deploy for the second time, and was left living alone across the country from my family and friends in just a few short months. It was definitely an adjustment.
In January, I decided that I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. The main part of this change would be starting a new work out routine and fitting exercise into my schedule. Like many, I dreaded the typical gym scene and wanted to find a new and exciting option for my physical activity. This new adventure led me to Title Boxing Club. When I first came across boxing, I envisioned scenes from Rocky and bloody duals with muscular men. This was very intimidating for me, however, I decided to give the club I had found a tour. What I actually found was a laid-back environment, great staff, and a clean club to spend my daily hours dedicated to exercise. The classes are called “power hours” because you burn up to 1000 calories per session through boxing or kickboxing. What most surprised me about my new adventure was how much fun it could really be! The classes are tough, I won’t lie, but they are definitely worth it and the instructors are awesome. The instructors are encouraging, motivating, and even make you laugh through the power hour. I have found boxing to be extremely stress-relieving on top of being a great workout. The classes are 7 days a week and are offered at a variety of times. (Your first power hour is FREE so try it out!) What I also like about Title Boxing Club is how diverse the people in the classes are. I have seen little kids do the classes with their parents, other college students, grandparents, everyone! I have lost almost twenty pounds from this experience and it has been awesome! More importantly, this experience has taught me how valuable trying new things can be. Even if the new experience seems scary or intimidating, it is important to step outside of our comfort zones because we never know what we might be missing out on.
Here is more information on the Title Boxing Club I attend 🙂
2625 E. 62nd Street Suite 1007
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
Gambling Among Our Youth
Written by: Greg Henderson
Gambling has an established history in our country and community and is seen as a fun and mostly harmless pass time; most people never have issues related to gambling, but many in our state suffer from pathological and problem gambling. IPGAP (Indian Problem Gambling Awareness Program) estimates that roughly 1 out of every 100 Hoosiers qualifies as a pathological gambler and that 2-3 more qualify as problem gamblers. “Problem gambling is gambling behavior that causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social, spiritual or vocational.” While this seems like a rather small population the problem is growing, and the largest numbers of new gamblers are adolescents.
This seems improbable, state casinos require proof of age to be admitted and lottery and scratch off tickets are only sold to adults. How then are our children even being exposed to gambling? Social media and video games have become the gateway to gambling behaviors.
Facebook is among the most commonly used social media sites and it hosts a wide array of free games, many of which are gambling types, free slots, poker, and match games are chief among them. the argument for these games being permissible is that no real currency ever changes hands, yet points are being wagered at each turn. These games indoctrinate children and lessen their sensitivity to losing “points”, which is how most casino style games refer to the money deposited in them. Even the themes of many new casino games seem geared towards children.
Video games for home systems are also adding gambling components to many already established titles. Often times these are side games, games within the game that unlock new levels or add bonus points and gear, and have no direct relation to how the rest of the game operates. While no money is being wagered, items that are of value to the player certainly are. Winning at these games gives a false sense of being “lucky” and can motivate some to try their luck with real money, via internet gambling sites.
Internet gambling laws are confusing and complicated, but gaining access to these sites and playing with a credit card is far too easy. In most cases the only proof of age required is a drop down box. With just one click and mom or dad’s credit card children have access to international high stakes betting. There is almost no over site in these virtual casinos and huge sums can be lost in minutes. This is yet another good reason to be active in communicating our values and expectations to our children and to closely monitor what’s on our kids monitors.
- · The Indy Humane Society takes in roughly 10 animals per day, just over 3,000 per year
- · Indy Humane can care for 250-275 animals at any given time
- · In 2011 the Indianapolis Humane Society was able to help 2,361 cats and dogs