My daughter is a Junior Independent Girl Scout Member currently working on her Bronze Award. For the first time, this project NEEDs to be student-led. Previously, projects were organized by the parents with some input from the members but in reality the Scouts followed directions on what to do with little thought. Now, at this stage, the ideas and the organization needs to be initiated by the child and the parent serves more as a facilitator. This is a major game changer and we had to rethink how to help the youth lead volunteer projects.
I’ve spent many years working with educators, parents, and volunteer managers that want to plan meaningful service opportunities for young volunteers. There are some challenges involved but teaching children about the volunteer opportunities in a way they understand is possible.
This post will discuss how you can help your child lead volunteer projects. Make sure to get access to the online Insider’s Vault so you can download the Event Checklist to Help Youth Lead Volunteer Projects.
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Trust them to Lead Volunteer Projects
This weekend I worked with two Girl Scouts planning their Bronze Award project – Project Comfort Kits. This is a student-led project AND a big community event. Here are some tips I followed to help youth lead volunteer projects.
Help by asking questions
Help by being open
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Hi! I’m Kim.
I’m a wife, mom, and educator.
I’ve worked in higher education for over 18 years and love planning events that engage students in fun, hands on experiences. My strength is in the logistics and I plan for fun. I am now using my strengths to help others take the stress out of event planning to have quality programs for youth of all ages.