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Youth Volunteerism: A Key to Thriving Neighourhoods

Youth Volunteerism: A Key to Thriving Neighourhoods

By Lily Viggiano, former Halton Youth Initiative Project Coordinator “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” – anonymous. This is a quote I often reflect on. It sums up the importance of volunteerism and the broader activity of community involvement powerfully. I've used this quote in school presentations on community involvement, numerous volunteer orientations, and my individual meetings with youth. Having spent the last eight years working in the youth sector, focusing predominantly on volunteerism, I strongly believe that one must be able to help others understand the value of volunteerism. Each effort, no matter how small or seemingly mundane, when done for the greater good will lead to positive changes. This is particularly important when it comes to engaging youth in these activities. Adults Play a Role in Encouraging Youth to Volunteer...

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