Most high students my age would think me crazy for, or at least cringe at the mention of, attending meeting about volunteering at 10 am on a Saturday (not like that’s really that early, but that’s beside the point). But there I was in the YVCKC conference room, stuffed to the brim with other Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members.At the meeting, the second of this YVC year which runs parallel to the school year plus the summer months, we began with an icebreaker about our favorite things. The meeting continued and some basic plans for new YAB meetings and speakers, Saturday and afterschool projects, and events such as AIDOS. We also did another icebreaker, this one involving creating creating a handshake for reach member of the board which will be continued throughout the meetings.
The group was then split up into teams where they could spend some time with each of the new team leaders and learn about philanthropy as a lifestyle and how they had come to where they are now and possible directions they might be heading in this area. I learned about the definition of volunteering and her philosophy on this type of work from Maggie, living and working in a community with Joshua, and poverty that we associate with third world countries in the U.S. from Jessica. With Jordan, my group explored the idea that a change of plans isn’t bad and the importnace of making non-materialistic connections with those we help with Amanda.
I’m very much looking forward to this year of volunteering. I can tell this one is going to be pretty amazing.
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