At the start of the year, This Post gave our readers with an insider view of how our Youth Advisory Council kids felt about leading their very first volunteer events. These guys have been making some great progress and everyone at Project Helping is so proud of them! We checked back in with the high schoolers after they have had the opportunity to lead at least four events. Here’s what they had to say:
From beginning to infinity I love volunteering! Yes, in the beginning it was hard to be a volunteer leader because it was intimidating. I started as a 17 year old leading volunteers that were at least double my age. At the same time, that’s so cool that I’m doing things like this at my age! A year later, I still feel awkward, but I find myself more comfortable because I know what I’m doing now. Most of the time, I’m not the only that feels awkward even though it feels like it! Figuring out conversation topics is getting easier. I start with the basics and go with the roll. It’s so much fun learning and giving back!
I have always liked to help people and to volunteer, but I’ve never really had the opportunity to do it outside of school. Ever since I found Project Helping, I’ve volunteered and lead events a couple of times. I know it’s not much, but it’s much better than the simple school events. I feel like volunteering and leading with Project Helping is more meaningful. The first time I lead an event, I was really nervous (even though I had training and I knew what to do) to meet the people and to give them instructions. Knowing that we were doing this in order to help someone gave me confidence. The rush of endorphins I got when the event was done was amazing! Thanks to that first experience, I love volunteering and leading events. Now, it’s so easy and fun to lead events.
I like leading the volunteer events because all of the volunteers and workers at Dress for Success are always so nice. It’s also nice to know that I get to help women become interview and job ready and to get back on their feet. I love looking around at the end of the day and seeing all of the impacts that we’ve made. My first time leading, I was a bit lost but I had plenty of people who were kind enough to show me the ropes. Now, I feel much more confident in leading, especially because I know that if I still have 1 or 2 questions there will be someone there to help so that eventually I can be the one to answer the questions
I really like volunteer, I like being able to involve myself with everyone. I talk to more people than when I first started. It is really amazing every time the Colorado Feeding Kids organizers get to the mic to tell us how many bags we have filled up. That month, March, first we broke the record of the most bags filled. We got about 33,000 bags filled! When I heard that, it washed me over with joy. I have become more comfortable with volunteering.
Big Thank You to the YAC for all their hard work! For more information on the Youth Advisory Council, check out their other post on what to do when you get burnt out. Stay tuned for more fun news from the YAC! In the meantime, witness the magic of volunteering for yourself – Click Here to find a volunteer event near you!