Serving children is unbelievably rewarding. Their innocent, curious outlook on life is contagious. Whether teaching them something new or just spending time with them, it is my experience that they look up to college students and seek our approval earnestly. Sadly, many children aren’t getting the love and attention they deserve, for one reason or another. I believe that many of society’s problems could be addressed solely by properly nurturing our community’s children.
I challenge you to give back to the next generation as a mentor for children everywhere. It is beyond excellent to go out of your way to work with little ones often, but first it is important to live your life in a way that would inspire them.
Lead by example. Be someone to look up to.
When you are ready to set aside time to serve children, look at opportunities with an open mind and heart. In the numerous settings where I’ve worked with kids, all of them (even the slightly troubled ones) are capable of being good because that is their natural way. They just need someone to show them politeness and uplift them in their goodness. Your care and attention could be just what they need to succeed!
Don’t know where to start? There are many ways to make an impact in children’s lives. Take a look at the few suggestions below, or reach out in your own way!
-Serve as a tutor or mentor
-Donate to local food pantries to feed hungry children and their families
-Volunteer at the SMILE Center at the Bulldog Pantry on Saturday mornings
-Organize or donate to clothing, book, backpack, school supply, and toy drives any time of year
-Be ultra-adventurous and volunteer abroad!
-Work with Fresno PARCs to renovate local parks for children
Identify your unique gifts, and then freely share them with the younger generation. I firmly believe that you will receive as much benefit as they do.
“The soul is healed by being with children.”-Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Some thought-provoking questions:
Who inspired you as a child?
Do you have a favorite childhood memory or experience that you could recreate for another person?
What is one lesson you learned as a child that changed your perspective in an unforgettable way?
How can you give to the next generation?