11 in ’11: As we close out the year, we reflect upon and celebrate achievements for youth in our community in 2011. Check back as we count down to the new year! Click here to view the whole list!
Even one hour of community service is a lot for a teen who is also juggling homework, extracurricular activities and their social life. But for students in our community, specifically through Wyman’s Teen Leadership Program, they gave back over 6,700 in St. Louis over the course of 2011!
According to the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, youth who participate in high-quality community-based service-learning are likely to benefit in a number of ways:
- Young people gain access to the range of supports and opportunities (or developmental assets) they need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.
- Increased sense of self-efficacy as young people learn that they can impact real social challenges, problems, and needs.
- Higher academic achievement and interest in furthering their education.
- Enhanced problem-solving skills, ability to work in teams, and planning abilities.
- Enhanced civic engagement attitudes, skills and behaviors. Many leaders in public service today speak about how they were nurtured, inspired, and shaped in early experiences in community service or volunteering.
Congrats to our many teens who have taken time out of their busy schedules to lend a hand. You inspire us!