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:
- 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.
- Volunteer at a police station.
- If you’re good at fixing bikes, volunteer to teach others how to fix their bikes.
- Paint over graffiti.
- Organize a self defense workshop.
- 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.
- 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.
- Plant a garden or tree where the whole neighborhood can enjoy it.
- Collect aluminum cans and donate the money to a favorite charity.
- Visit a nursing home.
- Offer to pick up groceries with/for a senior citizen.
- Teach an elderly neighbor a new card game.
- 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!