national-youth-service-dayYouth Serving in our Community

Every year throughout America an estimated 15.5 million youth ages 12 – 18 participate in volunteer activities within their community.  According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, that equates to an impressive 1.3 BILLION hours of community service.  So, why do they do it?  What are the advantages to youth volunteer programs?

Youth volunteers reap personal benefits that will positively impact them throughout their lives.  Let’s start with personal traits.  Volunteering teaches youth about respect for both themselves and their community.  This will carry forward to being respectful at work and with neighbors, etc.  They learn to be helpful and kind.  They also develop leadership skills and patience which benefits them in their adult lives.

So, how do you get youth involved?  It needs to start at a young age.  The younger youth start to volunteer the more likely they are to continue the habit throughout their lives.  The struggle is finding agencies and organizations that will work with youth volunteers.

At the Volunteer  Center of East Central Wisconsin we focus on connecting youth in our local schools with local volunteer opportunities. We also work with nonprofit agencies and other organizations to identify volunteer opportunities appropriate for youth.

We also hold an awards program every year that recognizes youth in our community. To read more about the Youth Alliance Awards Program, click here.