It is important for troubled teens to take an active interest in volunteerism. Though they may not understand the true reward for such acts, they will remember their time well spent. Many teens struggling with the act of helping others because of peer pressure and embarrassment. However, this world is built on the foundation that younger generations will take part serving others. It is a natural part of them that needs to be brought to the surface. For troubled teens, volunteering may help them re-evaluate their poor life choices and strive to be a little bit better.
Volunteer Ideas for Troubled Teens
School Clubs: Help your teen add an extra curricular activity to their agenda. Today, all high schools have the pleasure of having a service club. Random Acts of Selfless Kindness (RASK) is a popular service club throughout the nation for young people. By encouraging your teen to take part in such a group, they will make new friends that share a passion for self-worth. It will help them take an interest in their community and the societal ills around them. Family Outings: Families who volunteer together build a special bond that cannot be broken. It increases awareness of how to treat one another appropriately. For example, your troubled teen may be rude, careless, and frequently hurt your feelings. By taking them to volunteer at a home for broken families (safe-house), they will quickly understand their behavior and how it affects you. There are many other volunteerism ideas for families including: Local food bank, bake sale for charity, homeless shelter, etc. Random Acts of Kindess: If you ask your child, there is a definite possibility that they know or are aware of a peer that has a disorder or disability. Or they may know of someone that has trouble making friends and doesn’t seem to fit in with the crowd. Help your child start small by encouraging them to sit with these kids at school, invite them for a play-date. The simplest acts of kindness are the hardest, but they reap the greatest rewards. Retirement Home: If there is anything the elderly love, it’s a challenge. Troubled teens who volunteer at retirement homes are more likely to change their poor behaviors. The elderly just need someone to sit by them, acknowledge them, talk with them. Your son or daughter would greatly benefit from sharing a talent they have at a retirement home. Realistically, teens do not need much encouragement to know that serving others is just a character trait that can be noticed or disguised. They know the difference between destruction and valiance. All you need to do is point them in the right direction. Help your troubled teen understand the importance of the golden rule and how it can either make or break their future. To find out more information on how you can help your child reap the reward of service, call Zion Educational Systems (866-479-8579).