by Matt B.
In today’s society of volunteers, we are noticing a big drop in volunteers because most of our volunteers are at the ages of 50-60 years old and when each year goes by, we are losing a good amount of volunteers (Halton Hills, 2014). A couple of reasons why we are losing volunteers each year is because of the person’s age and also not introducing volunteerism to young adolescents. When a child hits the age of 12, they should be introduced and involved with volunteerism because as we discussed in class we talked about how it improves various skills, improve their academic performance, reinforce positive social values, and facilitate connection to the community.
When the youth volunteer, it benefits almost everyone who is involved because it targets the population, the community and most especially it targets the volunteers themselves. Volunteerism has important implications for positive youth development. Among other things, it encourages a sense of service and responsibility toward others, provides a venue for developing skills and relationships, and facilitates the development of various social skills such as empathy (Volunteer Airdrie, 2014). It is essential that young adolescents are encouraged to participate in volunteer endeavors.
When youth volunteer they learn the process of social integration because it is important for young adolescents to experience the sense of belonging and responsibility to become productive citizens and participates and creativity. Social integration for young adolescents is helpful in supporting the youth’s transitions from school to productive adulthood and it empowers young people to function as partners and to be able to achieve meaningful development goals (Konstantinos Alexandris, 2014).
Young adolescents learn and develop at different rates because many young adolescents can sit for long periods of time at a desk tackling complex subjects like geometry, biology, and poetry. Other teens show that they work better with their hands or show interest in the way things work. Some young adolescents appear to be disinterested in everything that has to do with academics, and strain with their school work because they think only of dismissal so that they can hang out with their friends or go home and play video games. If this kind of group of young adolescents volunteered in an event that they were interested in, then they would slowly increase the motivation of doing their school work or being attentive in the classroom because this group of young adolescents would be focused and interested in the event and their duties and they would also learn different skills without even knowing it.
I volunteered at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital one time when I was 15 years old. One of my aunts worked as a nurse there and there was a 75 year old man who had Alzheimer’s disease. He was there recovering from his surgery that he had two days prior. My aunt told me that he loved to play crazy eights and at that time I didn’t really know how to play the game. When the man met me, his first question was “Do you play crazy eights?” and I told him no and then he said that he will teach me. I played crazy eights with this senior man for two and a half hours and then my aunt told me that it was time for him to rest. Before I left, I remember him saying to me, “Young fella you made my day by having the patience to play a card game with me and talk with me and I thank you for that.”
When youth volunteer in their communities or in other events, it doesn’t just benefit the youth themselves, but everyone around them.
– Volunteer Airdrie, 2014
– Konstantinos Alexandris, 2014