Youth Volunteerism Essay

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With the U.S. economy not at its highest, more kids and teenagers are starting to volunteer for people in need. Youth volunteerism is when people of a young age go out and do things for their community, other people, for animals, or for their natural landscape without pay. They sacrifice time, money, and energy. Volunteerism in youth should be required because it has many benefits to the youth and to the community. There are many positive benefits to volunteering. “People have time. They want opportunities to learn new skills, network, or just give back to the community.” Says Amanda Reel, a program coordinator for the Volunteer Center of Greater Kalamazoo, Michigan. She says that children under 18 come in at 30.6 percent of their volunteers, the highest percentage of all of the people that volunteer at their center (Amanda Reel). Volunteering not is only a good way to give back to their community but it is a good way to boost the volunteer’s self-esteem because they know in their head that they are doing something good (A. Fox Western Herald). Also, it helps the youth develop good work habits that will affect them in the future because if they are already working without pay, they will be looking more forward to working with pay (Kathryn Plath).Because a teen has volunteered, they are more likely to get accepted into college. Another benefit of volunteering is that the volunteer gets to explore the world around them. For example, a teen may volunteer at a homeless shelter and get to see what life is like for a person that may not have a house. This will prepare them for when they turn 18 and have the right to vote. They will realize the need for government provided housing and possibly vote for a candidate who supportsgovernment funded housing. A teen that lives in a city suburb that does not volunteer may never see what is going on around them because they will

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