- April 12, 2014
- Posted by: Audrey del Rosario
- Category: Bucket List
With his eyebrows furrowed and his eyes devouring the printed text of the morning paper, my friend looked angry.
Frustrated and fuming even. Printed in black and white were the words he didn’t want to read. A quick glance across the table, and I saw the words “Ukraine,” “bus crash,” and “Oscar Pistorius” splashed on the front page.
I was intrigued. Placing my then-cold breakfast aside, I raised my eyebrows and parted my lips to ask what was wrong. However, before I could even utter one word, my friend crumpled the newspaper and tossed it aside. Still obviously irate, he muttered something under his breath, scooped up this things, and stormed out into his car.
While I may never know exactly why my friend was so upset, I realize that one doesn’t always read a newspaper for a pick-me-up. It’s hardly a safe choice for those who need to be comforted, but it is a great tool for warming up your thought processes first thing in the morning. And it did get me thinking:
What can a young person actually do to affect the policies featured in newspapers? Volunteer.
Volunteering, or the act of selflessly offering oneself for a service or opportunity, can be one of the most rewarding activities you can do as a young person. While you may not be able to directly change the outcome of policies, like those surrounding the United States’ relationship with Russia, you can indirectly affect the way a local, regional, or international community views a particular issue.
This is an exercise of advocacy, especially when you couple a helping hand with a little education on a given topic.
When you volunteer, you give voice to seemingly lost causes, can offer alternative solutions, and be, as so famously put by Gandhi, “the change you wish to see in the world”. As a volunteer, you become an Everyday Ambassador – a representative of not only your own roots but of a greater cause.
Through tomorrow, join young activists in Global Youth Service Day, or the world’s largest service event that is celebrated in all 50 states, in more than 135 countries, and on six continents. The idea behind this day of service is to educate the public, to celebrate the power of young people, to make service accessible, and to mobilize young activists as key change agents in their respective communities.
To join in this movement, visit http://www.gysd.org/ to find an event that celebrates the needs and diversity of your community. Projects range from food drives to large-scale demonstrations and celebrations. With 1,715 projects to choose from all over the world, pick your cause and, for at least one day, help turn the tide.
This weekend, will you be the change? If so, what project(s) will you sign up for? Let us know in the comments section. If chosen, your comment may be featured in an upcoming EA post or project.
“Bucket List” is a weekly series curated by Everyday Ambassador brand strategist Audrey del Rosario. Every Saturday, we will feature events, conferences, and happenings that spark conversation and ignite your inner activist. To stay current with our latest posts, follow #bucketlist or #EAinspired on our other platforms, and check back regularly for updates.
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