Volunteering is a way you can use your special talents to help other people. You can learn a lot and gain job experience, too. You might volunteer at a church, city hall, a local hospital or nursing home. It’s easy to get involved. Contact a teacher or counselor about your school’s community service activities. Check your local newspaper for volunteer opportunities. Call one of the agencies listed in this directory and ask to talk with someone about volunteer opportunities. Synergy’s Teen Youth Leadership program offers a unique opportunity for teens to volunteer, learn leadership skills and have fun together. For more information, call Synergy at (816) 777-0356. Our area’s Community 2000 program offers teens opportunities to organize drug and alcohol-free youth activities. Leadership opportunities are also available through the program’s Youth With Vision initiative. Call (816) 468-7088, ext. 196 for information.]]>
Having fun is important! Sports, clubs, school or church activities are a few examples of how you can meet friends, learn new skills, feel good about yourself and have fun, too. Doing new things can be scary sometimes, but it gets easier once you get involved. There are places throughout the metro that offer programs especially for young people. Some of them are listed here. Call and ask for more information. If they don’t offer what you’re looking for, ask them if they know of an organization that does. You can get help in planning activities for your school, church or other organization from TREND (National. Council on Drug Abuse). This organization helps teens “celebrate sober events.” For more information, just call 1-314-962-5124. Public libraries provide many free services. There are books on almost every topic, from basketball to romance, self-esteem to job hunting. Libraries also have college catalogs, magazines, computers, films, audio and videocassettes, ebooks, compact discs and artwork. Some have special programs for teens. Through the Kansas City Star website you can access a site (www.4KIDS.org) that keeps you up-to-date on fun things to do in our community. Your library has a computer you can use to look up websites.]]>
ACCEPTANCE. To elevate someone they have to feel accepted for who they are at that moment. Understanding these needs and then learning to satisfy them in others will make you a better helper. When one or more of these needs go unmet a person can feel inferior and not worthy. Think of a person displaying each need and jot down a way that you can help them meet that need. 1. The need to be UNDERSTOOD is signaled by people repeating themselves; speaking slowly; speaking loudly; getting angry or frustrated when they are not being understood, or becoming withdrawn (introverted) when it seems no one is even trying to understand them. I can show understanding …
- By paraphrasing back what is being said.
- By listening for feelings communicated as well as the content of the message.
- By reaching out to get the opinions of someone not actively sharing.
- By empathizing with someone’s problems or predicaments.
- By providing a warm and friendly welcome.
- By talking with words everyone will understand.
- By engaging in friendly conversation.
- By learning to call others by name.
- By doing something special.
- By tuning-in to individual needs.
- By finding out what people are good at.
- By asking them help accomplish a goal.
- By setting an atmosphere of ease.
- By relieving anxiety. (sometimes humor, usually information)
- By explaining what will be happening carefully and calmly.
- By letting people practice or talk through what will be happening.