The Issue: Volunteering Helps Develop Leadership Skills
When youth volunteer in their communities, they benefit their neighbors with time and energy while developing social and emotional skills that are necessary for future success. Young volunteers learn the tenets of leadership, practical knowledge of how to accomplish tasks, a personal sense of accomplishment, and an understanding of what it takes to incite change.
The Campaign: Organize Transportation for Young Volunteers
If this Grassroots campaign raises $350, then the Collegiate YMCA, a division of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, can organize bus transportation to send 40 student volunteers on a local service trip as part of its Fill the Bus campaign. Each additional $350 raised will fund transportation for another service trip. During service trips, high-school and college students garden in food-desert communities, tutor younger students in underperforming schools, and work with underresourced agencies such as the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, World Vision, and the Westinghouse Valley Human Services Center. Apart from learning the value of serving their communities and nurturing an understanding of people from different walks of life, participating students build their leadership skills, establish relationships with their peers, and bolster their resumés. Last year, student volunteers served 30,000 documented hours, tutoring in public schools, working summer camps and afterschool programs, and completing service projects at local non-profit organizations in the community.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.