Public schools in the U.S. are engaging students in serving their communities. Check out these statistics:
- 68% of U.S. K-12 schools offer service opportunities for students.
- 86% of high schools provide ways for students to volunteer at school and in their communities; they also publicly recognize students for their volunteer work.
- High school students who regularly volunteer are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, are more engaged in the classroom, and enter college with a sense of social confidence and a belief that they can make a difference.
(from 2011, www.NationalService.gov)
Children and teens want to make a difference; they’re wired for connection and relationship. As leaders, we need to provide opportunities for children and students to be part of something significant—it can be as simple as asking a child to hand out take-home papers to organizing a group of teens to paint an elderly person’s porch. It begins with a seed; let the planting begin with us.