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3 Easy Ways Youth Can Engage Their Community This Summer

3 Easy Ways Youth Can Engage Their Community This Summer

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.

Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

faithhealthandhome@yahoo.com

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Colleen Lanin

Great ideas for engaging kids with their communities! Thanks!

Pam
Pam

Starting a community garden is a great way for kids and teens to get involved in their community over the summer. These are good ideas.

Jeanine
Jeanine

These are all great! I love the idea of engaging kids in community and think it would be wonderful for my kids this summer.

Kayla

These are all some great points on how to get kids engaging and respecting their community. I’ve wanted to volunteer ever since I was younger but health issues have restricted that. One day I’ll be able to do it though!

Liz Mays

These are some wonderful ideas. I think encouraging the kids to take on leadership roles is one of the best things you can do.

Crystal

The kids around here are required to do service hours. It means there are a lot of opportunities to help out. I think it’s really important to start out young.

Seattle Travel Blogger

These are great reasons to support the community.
They are all awesome character builders.

Rosey
Rosey

I think it’s wonderful to start them young on learning leadership skills. It can only help them later, that’s for sure!

Nicole
Nicole

I keep telling my lil sister about this, respecting is a good trait. I like this post!

Toni

These are all great ideas. I love when kids step up and take leadership, I love when they give of their time. 4-H is such a great program!

Ryan
Ryan

These ideas are brilliant! I have a teen sibling and so as my sis in law is a teen. I will tell them about this.

Toni

4 H is such a great organization. I’m glad they are still active providing leadership guidance for kids.

parpar de real
parpar de real

this is a great supporting community. Many people should learn about this post

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