When your child asks, "Why Should I Volunteer?" you might not know how to answer. According to PBS Kids, here’s why kids should donate some time and what’s “in it for them”...
- Making new friends
- Gaining important skills and experience that will help you later in life
- Making connections that can lead to a job or career
- Seeing more of your community and world
- Fighting boredom
- Building confidence and self-esteem
- Exploring what you want to do with your life
- Feeling needed and important
- Feeling satisfaction at getting things done and helping others
- Meeting people who could be role models
- Using your mind, body, and creativity
- Getting active and healthier
- Gaining an edge on getting into college
- Relieving stress
- Spending time doing what you really care about
- Feeling like you're part of a community
- Having fun!
Check out www.pbskids.org/itsmylife/emotions/volunteering for a printable journal page for kids to chronicle their volunteering experiences, and for a list of youth book recommendations (fiction and nonfiction) dealing with the subject.
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