Volunteering 101. A Youth Perspective (Excerpt)

It was not until my teenage years that I realize that change indeed starts with me, volunteering gives me a feeling of empowerment; knowing I am able to help someone who is just seeking a helping hand, my hand is available.
— Neville Charlton

Have you ever wondered why people volunteered? What are the benefits, how can it impact me, why do if your not getting paid?

This book will give an in-depth look into the life of Neville Charlton volunteering journey, the impact, opportunities and challenges and why he continues to volunteer.

Growing up as a child, I was actively involved in volunteer work.  I was brought up in the church and service was one of the main aims of my church club. The saying is really true that what you consistently do becomes a habit, I love seeing people smile, I enjoyed helping others, and I was eager to change this world, after all, I wanted to become a positive change.

It was not util the teenage years that I realize that change indeed starts with me, volunteering gives me a feeling of empowerment; knowing I am able to help someone who is just seeking a helping hand, my hand is available. Volunteering makes me feel good because I am doing something for others. It helps me to respect other situations humans find themselves in. I started volunteering more knowing that I can help to give back to my community and my country; it's a way to show gratitude for the help I have received from others. Jamaicans are experiencing grave economic difficulties and many have little hope for a bright future. Realizing this, I taught myself to be more focused. I started to realize that there are people going through much worse than I am. I started to realize volunteers make our communities safer; they stand up for human rights and lobby for positive change at local, national and international levels. Volunteers collective efforts can make this world a more vibrant, healthy country. Making our country safer is the greatest benefit.

So you might be thinking, What exactly is volunteerism?

We are Youths Inspiring Positive Change.We Inspire youths to make their life more meaningful and bright for positive impact.

Volunteerism in my own words are giving of your self, time and energy for the betterment of others, and volunteerism is not specific to any one sector, you can volunteer in areas such as Education, Sports, your community, advocating for human rights, the environment, peace & security and the list just about goes on.

 

The Early stages | Meadowbrook High School.

My early years at Meadowbrook really assisted with my self-identify, it was during my first years that I started to really question my self. Why am I here, what’s my purpose, what is life really about? I kept asking my self why, why and why.

It was during my second year at high school that I started searching for answers, a place to fit in, a place where I could genuinely be my self, a place to express my self, a place where I could fit in.

I saw others students connecting with other peers, forming groups, attending clubs, and going into relationships. However, my heart led me to Key Club.

Key Club, provided a space for me to express my self and really propelled me into doing voluntary work. There pledge is “I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school, and community; to serve my nation and God, and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.”

I was really inspired by the various opportunities to serve, opportunities to connect with other students, organize and execute projects and the best part was we got to inter-club. Inter-clubbing was an awesome experience, we visited other schools, shared ideas, mixed and mingle and I got a greater appreciation of what service really meant.

Neville T. Charlton