In Pakistan, Nighat Dad helps young women fight online bullying and harassment. In France, Romain Lacombe is creating tools to help people track air pollution. In India, Ajaita Shah is increasing access to reliable, affordable, clean and safe energy products to the underprivileged through sales and service outlets. While these individuals support varied causes they have one vital thing in common; They are young change makers working to improve the world we live in. As young people get older, they are able to stretch their abilities. Children and/or adults engaging with others in meaningful service activities can encourage growth and development in a variety of ways.
Here are a few reasons to encourage your kids to volunteer:
· Volunteering helps foster empathy:
Empathy is the most important feeling to have when responding to the needs of others. We need to be able to imagine what other people may be going through or feeling. Volunteering help kids engage their natural empathic sense, but they must also be able to talk about the purpose and experience of the respective activity they are partaking in.
· Volunteering helps develop a sense of self-efficacy:
Children are likely aware that there are people in need and causes that require our attention but are unsure what role they can play in improving the lives of the less fortunate.Volunteering can provide an experience that affirms a young person’s sense of self that they can make a difference through their own effort and skills. These kinds of experiences can empower young people to apply themselves in schools, and other organized activities.
- Volunteering provides experience working with others:
Social skills are learned best in social situations. When children come together to engage in meaningful tasks, communication and collaborations rise to the surface in a supportive manner. Volunteering also provides a great opportunity for parents and children to work and learn together. Giving students the opportunity to discover new Fields of interest really sparks a passion for learning and doing. Students often begin to discover, and find meaning in other activities.
- Volunteering encourages civic responsibility:
Partaking in community service teaches students the importance of investing in our community and the people who live in it. Not only do we want our kids to be successful in the future, but we want them to understand what it means to be a good citizen.
Volunteering is more than just spending one’s time actively participating in selfless acts that benefit others. It has a much greater impact on society as a whole. Parents and schools should work together to inspire volunteerism among children. They will grow up as well-rounded individuals that are competent, socially aware, and useful members of society. Children’s’ Day, approaching on November 14, 2018 is a great place to start!