Dawn Ramsey wants to get youth more involved in their communities.
Research suggests that kids who become involved in the community develop greater self-esteem and will continue to be involved as they become adults.
Here are some of Dawn's meaningful ways for young people to learn about and contribute to community initiatives:
Teach Them About Local Government
-Take them to attend a local School Board or City Council Meeting
-Attend a local PTA or School Community Council Meeting, and have middle and high school aged kids join their school PTSA
-Have them attend a Meet the Candidates Night
-Invite local elected officials to speak to your scouts, youth group, or school class
-After learning about candidates and ballot initiatives, give them a chance to vote and discuss the importance of exercising our right to vote
Give them the Opportunity to Serve
-Have them volunteer at the local Senior Center- play games, sing songs, or read with patrons
-Contact your local animal shelter to ask for service opportunities
-Have them do a collection drive for a local charity or family in need
-Visit your local water conservancy district to learn about ways to conserve water and help the environment
Get out and get involved!