Little Feet, Big Steps – Help Kids Drive Change
Children, they’re not just the next generation of our society – they’re the new custodians of our planet. Those are some mighty big shoes for some very small feet to fill, and to be up to the task, kids need our support and guidance. Do you have what it takes to Drive Change in today’s youth? Don’t wait to find out – get involved today.
If you’re not sure how to begin, extracurricular activities are a great place to start. Love sports? Why not coach a little league baseball or pee-wee hockey team? Athletics not only help kids stay fit and healthy, they also teach respect and responsibility, and instill a sense of cooperation and shared values. If the arts are your forte, consider organizing a local drama society. Introducing children to the arts taps into their natural creativity, and can be a tool for exploring difficult social issues such as bullying and peer-pressure in a safe and nurturing environment.
If you’re interested in working with children in a more structured way, volunteering to be a reading buddy at elementary schools, or offer tutoring services afterschool in your area of expertise can provide a solid framework with measurable outcomes.
What did you want to be when you grew up? One of the most valuable ways you can impact the future of a child is to raise their expectations and offer them a sense of possibility. Organizing a ‘Take a Kid to Work’ Day at your place of employment, or giving career talks at local high schools can help kids begin to map their future, while feeling a part of their community at large.
Some children who need your help most are the very same ones who aren’t in a position to ask for it. Serious illness is no laughing matter, but putting on a red nose and volunteering as a clown on children’s wards at hospitals can bring a smile to the faces of the most vulnerable. Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister can provide a vital support and security to underprivileged children – and introduce you to family you never knew you had.
Children aren’t just people, they’re promises. Working with young people to Drive Change gives kids a childhood – as well as the tools they need to build a brighter future for us all.