Why should adults do all the good works? Why should adults be the only ones to make a difference in our community? Why should adults have all the fun?
CanDo Kids and Teens is an issue group with a powerful vision: To engage more young people in community service by reaching out, educating, helping non-profits design activities for young volunteers, and working with schools to facilitate such service.
Young people who volunteer and become active in their community have increased empathy and increased self-esteem. They learn social responsibility and are less likely to participate in at-risk behaviors. Starting as kids and volunteering with other family members has the potential to foster a deeper understanding of the value of service to others, a value that is likely to be nurtured through a lifetime. Young volunteers learn that one person really can make a difference, a lesson that's empowering beyond measure.
By way of example, CanDo's Soles4Souls' drive to collect 10,000 pairs of gently-used shoes was spear-headed by the Green Teens, a program of the Napa Valley Education Foundation. Selected students at each middle school in the Napa Valley Unified School District worked step-by-step, pair by pair, to help others walk a little taller this spring. CanDo Kids and Teens led the way and helped Napa Valley reach and exceed out goal. We collected not 10,000 but over 13,000 pairs of shoes!