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Last Updated: Sep 19th, 2011 - 19:28:10


Volunteer Opportunities for Kids!
Aug 25, 2011, 7:52pm

Taking Pride in America

The first thing you need to do is to figure out what problem you're interested in tackling in your community. To get focused, think about the following:

What do you see in your community? Is there trash in your neighborhood? Do you wish there were more parks or play areas for you and other children? Talk to other kids, your parents, your teachers, and other adults about the problem and why it exists. Read the newspaper or watch the news. Here are some questions to ask yourself and others:

  • What would you like to see changed in your community?
  • What are some problems that are facing your community?
  • Why do these problems exist? What causes them?
  • What are some actions you can take to fix these problems?

What interests and abilities do you have? Think about what you're good at and what you love to do. Do you like to talk? Do you play a sport? Do you have a hobby? If you connect your volunteer idea to your interests and abilities you will get more out of your project. For example, if you love camping, you could distribute the Take Pride in America Passport that provides tips on stewardship ethics. On a separate piece of paper, jot down all of your talents, hobbies, and interests. Then pick a problem and see if you can think of a way to use your interests and abilities to help fix or solve that problem.

How Do You Start?

  1. Talk to your parents.
    Talk to your parents, teachers, or other adult about your idea and get their support.

  2. Recruit Your Team.
    Find a small group of friends who want to help plan the project.

  3. Get to Know Each Other.
    If you don't know each other already, spend time talking about interests, activities, and hobbies.

  4. Find a Problem.
    Draw a vision of your ideal community, take a walk around the neighborhood to identify some things that your group wants to change or write down your ideas for changing your community.

  5. Examine the Problem.
    Why is this a problem in your community? What is the cause of the problem? Who else is working on the problem? Can we work together? What can we do?

  6. Select a Project.
    Here are some things to consider: How much time do we have? How many people do we have? How much money do we have? Do we need permission? Where will we do our project? Do we need transportation?

  7. Develop a Game Plan.
    Decide what needs to be done, who is going to do it, and when it needs to be done.

  8. The Project.
    Be clear in advance about what needs to happen during the project and who is going to do it.

  9. After the Project.
    Celebrate your accomplishments; recognize contributors and volunteers; and evaluate your project from beginning to end.

You can make a difference so start today!


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