Being part of a team has always been a major issue for every human being. Especially young people who tend to be excluded from the society as part of the growing up procedure consider belonging somewhere to be very important. This is the reason why volunteerism is always a good idea.
Of course not all young people have the same motives or the same plans since everyone reacts differently when it comes to time or money. Generally speaking individuals get involved in volunteering activities not only to help society but also to acquire qualifications useful to their personal and business life.
Governments should establish projects to encourage young people’s participation to volunteer in activities. Such a case is the government of Malaysia whose policy aims to this direction.
Being an active part of a community could be beneficial both for the community and for every individual. Community is used here not only as a geographical term but it also means people having something in common. Once the spirit of serving the general good is spread, young people will be more than willing to offer their help.
Researchers conducted by Smith, 1994, Zomern et al, 2004, Emma, 2005 and Zappa and Zavarrone, 2010 have all tried to define whether the relationship between social interaction and volunteerism is positive among young people. All concluded that there is indeed a positive relationship between them.
Based on this fact it is obvious that youth should be encouraged to take more active to role in the community by making a commitment to a good cause. What is really necessary here is a policy that will motivate young people to get involved in volunteering.
Here is a list of Volunteer matching sites, such as Idealist.org, Networkforgood.org. Volunteer Solutions to which Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn could be added. Facebook could be really effective for announcements related to volunteering since polls can be hosted and feedback is earned. Awareness could be maintained through blogs while You Tube videos can turn out to be very successful for a message to be spread.
It should also be stressed, that the benefits affect the teens’ lives not only on a social but also on a professional basis, because they never know where all these can lead to. In addition, fundraising and community development belong to arguments, brought up support volunteerism.
-By Giota Gkika
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