There are certain traditions that characterize summer. Fourth of July barbecues, relaxing days at the beach, and the ability to spend those lazy summer days with friends and family are famously attributed to this sunny time of year. Amid this time of fun and freedom, there is so much potential to accomplish a variety of tasks. Productivity does not have to end when the final bell of the school year rings. When school is out, there is ample time to give back to the community. Although school begins in a few weeks for many, there is still time to seize the moment. This is your chance. Starting this month, you can turn this vacation into a true summer of community service.
This may seem to be a daunting possibility. There are numerous issues that could be addressed. So many good causes could benefit from having your contribution. Your introduction into the wonderful world of youth service should may seem overwhelming. To make your experience easy and approachable, Greening Forward’s Youth Council has assembled some tips and guidance so that you can shape your ideal summer of philanthropy.
Like any other venture, community service must begin with an idea. As mentioned earlier, there is a universe of opportunities for young people. So take time to reflect upon your interests and values. Does the thought of under-fed members of your community going hungry ignite your inner social activist? If the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’, then you should consider Katie’s Krops. You’ll be able to combine a passion for sustainability and food security.
Food security and gardening may not align with your interests. That’s entirely okay. Within the field of environmentalism alone, there are a range of issues that could be alleviated with some help from proactive young people. Climate change, water conservation, air pollution, energy resources, biological diversity protection, and other pressing problems are all important to consider. When you discover that cause motivates you more than others, you should pursue it. Design a plan. If you need financial support to set your dream into motion, then you should take a look at groups such as Youth Service America, Volunteennation, and, of course, Greening Forward.
If you are passionate about bringing the importance of environmentalism to others, then you could take the initiative to establish an Earth Savers Club in your community. Although the school year may not be in session, you can review the multiple how-to guides on Greening Forward’s website. It’s never too early to prepare for activism. There are additional methods that will come in handy when you introduce environmentalism to your school.
Those treasured barbecues, beachy afternoons, and burden-free weekdays can remain in your plans for the summer. With the free time that you have, there is the incredible potential to initiate fantastic change for the better. Share your summer service adventures with us via Twitter and Facebook!