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Aldershot - Why Young People Should Volunteer

Updated: Sep 11, 2019

by Lindsay W., Crew Member

September 5, 2019

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.”

As teenagers born into a generation with technology vast and more advanced than ever, it’s easy to be trapped behind a screen, or better yet, trapped in virtual reality. Our high schools mandate it and jobs require it, but there is so much more to volunteering than doing something you hate as a means to walk across that stage at the end of our grueling days of grade twelve. There are endless possibilities to be gained from volunteering, way more than a number on a page. Volunteering brings people who otherwise may never have met, together. The young and old, students and professionals. No matter what your interests are, the internet has made it so incredibly easy to find volunteer positions that meet your own needs. Whether you want to be outside or indoors, work with people or animals or nature, there is something for everyone and the possibilities are endless. Not to mention, people are more than willing to get you involved are all over the place. Although there is no paycheck, the skills, connections, and opportunities that are gained from volunteering are priceless. And if we as young people take all these skills that we have gathered from the museums and hospitals and kids camps and whatever else. The real future will be bright and colourful and filled with opportunity.

I enjoyed my time on the Aldershot Youth Crew and learned so much! Come September I am headed to University of Waterloo to obtain my degree and do good things in my new community. Take care!

Here is our group project: “Spill the Tea” station at Aldershot High School back in May 2019. The concept came from something I learned in class about how tea ceremonies are important around the world and help build stronger relationships. Plus, the name has a fun slang meaning too.

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