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February is Youth Leadership Month – it’s dedicated to celebrating young people who take on leadership roles in their communities. It’s also about encouraging young people to get more involved as leaders in their communities. Being a youth leader is easier than most people think – check out this list or 366 Community Service Ideas from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and 4-H. Here’s a list of our favorite activities:

General Ideas:

  • Word in a concession stand to raise money for a good cause.
  • Make birthday cards for the elderly.

On The Calendar:

  • On Thanksgiving, make sure your family knows what you are thankful for.
  • Give your Mom a hug and a homemade card for Mother’s Day.
  • Mow the lawn for your Dad on Father’s Day.

Children, Family and Friends:

  • Make get well cards for people in hospitals and convalescent homes.
  • Knit or crochet baby blankets.

Safety:

  • Volunteer at a police station.
  • If you’re good at fixing bikes, volunteer to teach others how to fix their bikes.

Crime Fighting:

  • Paint over graffiti.
  • Organize a self defense workshop.

School Activities:

  • Tutor students who are learning English as a second language.
  • Collect children’s books for the needy.
  • Make a New Kid Survival Kit

Helping the Hungry and/or Homeless:

  • Help cook and/or serve a meal at a homeless shelter.
  • Clip coupons and give them to your local food pantry or homeless shelter.

For Those with Special Needs:

  • Volunteer to help at a Special Olympics event.

Neighborhood Enhancements:

  • Volunteer to clean up trash at a community event or county fair.
  • Clean up a vacant lot.

Performing Arts and Sports:

  • If you plan an instrument, help a friend learn to play.
  • Provide refreshments at a local race or sporting event.

The Environment:

  • Plant a garden or tree where the whole neighborhood can enjoy it.
  • Collect aluminum cans and donate the money to a favorite charity.

Senior Citizens:

  • Visit a nursing home.
  • Offer to pick up groceries with/for a senior citizen.
  • Teach an elderly neighbor a new card game.

Helping Animals:

  • Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  • Organize a community dog wash.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and make a difference in your community!