We have had a busy and eventful past three months. With the Talent Show, Reed Grimm, Empty Bowls and so many more successful events - we're reminded why volunteering is such a rewarding experience.
Empty Bowls - February 2013
Talent Show - January 2013 (Check out more photos on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yahhudson?ref=tn_tnmn)
Why Volunteer? Why Service Learning?
Why do schools and sports and outside organizations, like YAH, encourage volunteerism? Obvious answer volunteering leads to scholarships. The idea that the more involved you are the more marketable you will be. Obviously .
But, what else is there. Did you know that studies show the more students who participate in community service are more likely to grow up to become voters? Truth. Youths who take part in volunteering activities become more involved in their communities, and as a result, tend to care more about what happens in those communities. In OUR community.
What else? Students often experience an increased sense of
self-efficacy. We want our youth to know that they CAN make a difference in what they do. Through volunteerism they become more competent and develop a can-do attitude that can spread to their work and academic pursuits.
Need more, community service is a problem solving skill builder, a lifelong activity that helps everyone become more physically and mentally happy, a way for your youth to find a sense of responsibility and pride, a way to learn beyond the classroom.
Just think about this. And then read on. We have had a great
number of youth volunteering with YAH through the months of February, March and April. We are proud of their commitment! As this school year comes to an end we will be celebrating their dedication to service and honoring our YAH seniors who
move onto the next chapter of their lives. Our Volunteer Recognition will be Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Camp St. Croix! Stay tuned and keep volunteering.