Youth Helping the World
I asked ten other young people, "What are you doing to help the world over the summer?" Below are their responses.
I am volunteering at the New School. I'm there three hours every week. I help
kids out by reading with them, helping with their work, and I help teachers
out with things they are doing. Since I'm an alumna I knew what to do and could
just start helping.
- Cora Cool-Mihalyi, 13
The New School gives out boxes at the end of the year that reflect what the
student has gotten better at and what they love to do. I made one for a girl
who loves to dance.
This summer I'm helping out on an organic farm. I help out by pulling weeds
and mowing the lawn with a hand mower. I also help transplant baby vegetables.
I will be harvesting too. I like it because it is a small scale organic farm.
They don't do factory farming. Factory farming makes a huge amount of stuff,
not a little amount. They use a huge amount of pesticides and fertilizers.
- Noah Dessauer, 8
I will be gardening over the summer to help beautify the earth.
- Brianna Gillespie, 13
My new house has a big empty backyard. We're going to plant flowers and bushes.
We might plant a baby tree.
I like feeding stray animals. We once rescued a baby bird that had fallen
out of its nest. It was a new hatched robin. We looked up how to take care of
it online. We kept it for a week, and then we released it because it was getting
feathers and trying to jump out of the padded bowl we had it in. It was a girl,
and we called it Marley.
My family is riding our bikes more than we are using our car this summer.
- Carrie Watt, 9
This summer we are going to expand our garden and plant flowers.
- Lucy Purnine, 10
I like working at the Samaritan Center because you get to meet a lot of people
and you know you're doing a good thing for the community. I think people should
work there more so they don't need as many things as constantly. It is a good
thing for the community.
- Alex Sherman-Cross, 15
For my Boy Scouts Troop we collected household items for Vera House. We cleaned
up chairs and tables at my church that normally wouldn't be cleaned.
- Julian Berman, 12
September Topic: Back to School. Send submissions by August 8.
Youth Voices is a column for youth ages 6 to 18. Submissions may be essays (200-400 words), poetry (25 lines), or artwork, sent to email@example.com.