Every summer, parents and high-school-aged students across the United States look for opportunities to help young people stay engaged and active throughout the season. HandsOn Bay Area, a Points of Light affiliate, provides this type of community programming through HandsOn Tomorrow, a leadership and volunteering day camp for high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Two years ago, Elizabeth Klosky was brainstorming ideas with her father on what to do for her Girl Scouts Gold Award project when she had the idea to do something to protect bees. She and her father had just begun to keep bees in the yard, but when she realized how important they were to the environment – and that certain bee populations around the world were struggling – she wanted to help.
Fourteen-year-old Lucas Smith clearly remembers one of the first times he was bullied. He recalls being just four or five years old when some kids picked on him, taking off his glasses and throwing them in a sandpit. Lucas felt down after being bullied, but he soon found an outlet to channel his emotions into something positive.
In recent years, national leaders and community groups alike have called upon volunteers to help break down the income inequality gap by supporting disadvantaged youth and young adults. In response, organizations like United Way of Greater St. Louis have built and continue to maintain programs that support youth development. One of these programs is ServiceWorks, a national initiative that engages youth in finding solutions to some of their community’s most pressing issues.