3 Easy Ways Youth Can Engage Their Community This Summer

3 Easy Ways Youth Can Engage Their Community This Summer
Makeba Giles

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Every child has the potential to be a true leader, but need to be taught the life skills and given opportunities to be such. The good news is that today’s youth don’t have to wait for such opportunities to be given by others. They can create opportunities on their own.

When it comes to creating such opportunities, there is no better place to start than in their own community. The real testament of leadership is when a person notices a problem, creates a solution, and then works tirelessly until the problem becomes obsolete. If the youth of today take the time, they will discover a host of problems in their own communities that can be easily resolved with merely a small commitment of time and effort.

Have a talk with your kids and other youth about uniting to do simple service projects in your community. Such projects will foster growth and leadership skill development that will remain with them well after the summer is over. In addition, community service projects will also foster a newfound respect for their community.

By engaging their community this summer, kids can also develop respect for the areas in which they live.

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3 Easy Ways Youth Can Engage Their Community This Summer

3 Easy Ways Youth Can Engage Their Community This Summer

Respect for the Neighborhood

Kids working together to help keep the neighborhood clean and looking its best will help them to understand that the old saying that the appearance of a community is a direct reflection of the people who live there. Encourage the youth in your community to take the early mornings or late evenings to pick up any litter or fallen debris from trees and plants to keep the neighborhood tidy.

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Respect for the Elderly

It is extremely important to check on the elderly during the hot summer months. Youth can engage the elderly in their community by developing a relationship with them. Once the relationship is established, kids can advantage by visiting them regularly to see if they are using their air condition or fans on the hot days. Youth can also check on their food and water supply and intake. They can even schedule their visit to coincide with their medicine schedule to be sure that they are taking their medications properly.

3 Easy Ways Youth Can Engage Their Community This Summer

Respect for the Earth

In addition to keeping the area litter-free, suggest the idea of starting a community recycling drive. Also ask their thoughts on starting a community garden. There can also be a neighborhood upcycle/exchange where people in the community come together to exchange unwanted items amongst each other to reduce unnecessary waste.

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Encouraging you to take leadership roles in their communities may seem tough, but it is possible. All it takes is support from parents and other adults in the community, and understanding the power of playing an active role in communities, and the benefits it has for everyone involved.

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To learn more about the 4-H “Grow True Leaders” campaign, visit the website here. 

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Ways Youth Can Engage Their Community This Summer

3 Easy Ways Youth Can Engage Their Community This Summer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of 4-H. The opinions and text are all mine.

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