For young people interested in serving their communities, the good news is that volunteering opportunities are a universal reality. From the Utah level to the national and international levels, events have been created that either have youth specifically in mind or encourage their participating in giving back along with other members of the community.
Positive energy, original ideas and a strong work ethic are just three of the many traits young people bring to the table when volunteering. It’s up to adults to encourage those values and other positive characteristics at every opportunity.
Here are just a few of the ways young people can serve at the state, national and global level:
Summer of Service positions Utah residents ages 5 to 25 to share up to 100 hours of volunteer service from June 1 to Aug. 31 each year. Young people log while working with nonprofits, faith-based organizations and other groups and events as they work their way toward great prizes and eligibility for the President’s Volunteer Service Award
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January is a day of service honoring the life and teachings of the civil rights pioneer.
National Volunteer Week in April is a time to recognize and celebrate volunteers, and also a time to roll up our collective sleeves to enact positive change through service.
Join Hands Day in May inspires young people to reach across the generational aisle to meet, learn from and work alongside older Americans.
9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance held each Sept. 11 honors and recognizes through volunteering the victims, survivors, first responders and military personnel who experienced the effects of the terrorist attacks of 2001.
Make A Difference Day planned for Oct. 22 celebrates neighbors who help one another in times of need.
National Family Volunteer Day and Week in November encourages young people to join their families in community service. Held near the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s an important reminder for volunteers to be grateful for the many amenities they enjoy and to give to those who need their help.
Global Youth Service Day in April finds young people across the world giving back to their communities through events they’ve organized.
Without question, young people can make a mark in their neighborhoods and make a positive difference. In addition to participating in one of these events, youth can help individual neighbors, community residents and family members at any time throughout the year. The promise of the next generation of volunteers is bright.