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What Are Some of the Best Ways to Inspire Young Minds in Your Community?

As a child, you were inspired by your parents and other influential adults to work hard, become something, and give back to your community. Without their inspiration, you may not have become the person you are today. As an adult, you want to pay that kindness forward and help inspire the youth in your community. But where can you start? As a young adult, you’re not much older than the kids you want to help. But your age and your enthusiasm can be an asset as you help lift your community members up. Here are a few ideas to help you inspire young minds in your area.

Donate to Local Charities

Maybe you want to start off with something small that can help local youth. The first thing you can do is donate to local charities that give back to kids in your area. Ask around at schools, community centers, and churches to learn about fundraisers, canned food drives, or charities that you can donate to. And you don’t just have to donate money. Give up your time to collect clothes, pass out summer meals, or babysit children with working parents. You’ll start to connect with your community and learn about other opportunities to serve.

Volunteer with Youth

Once you get a taste of doing well, you can step it up a notch and volunteer regularly with youth. Try to find an organization that you can help once a week or twice a month. Reach out to your local Boys and Girls Club to find opportunities to serve. They have a variety of activities daily, including game rooms and gym time that require adult supervision. They also provide teen nights, education centers for after-school homework help, and clubs that need advisors.

Maybe you’re really into sports. You can give up your time and inspire youth by becoming an after-school coach in your favorite sport. You’ll be able to teach local kids about hard work, dedication, sportsmanship, and other good characteristics.

Get More Education

Education is one factor that can determine how successful a person becomes later in life. If your community doesn’t encourage education, become a role model. With an online master’s in higher education, you can become a better leader and make a difference in the lives of others. You can work in schools and not only teach children, but be a good example to them. Even if they don’t become teachers or principals, they’ll interact daily with someone who values education. And that will make a big difference.

No matter how old you are or what skills you have, you can always find a way to make a difference in the youth of your hometown. Whether you volunteer, coach, or teach, every day you spend reaching out to lift children up won’t be wasted.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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