Event gives youth ways to volunteer
According to the UCLA Higher Education Institute, youth who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote and be philanthropic. Young people who volunteer just one hour a week are 50 percent less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol or tobacco or to engage in destructive behavior, according to the Search Institute.
DeKalb County KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth to Succeed) and Kishwaukee United Way are hosting the second annual Care or Be Square Youth & Family Volunteer Fair for DeKalb County middle and high school youth from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Hopkins Park Community Center at 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb.
“Not long ago, our research found only 22 percent of DeKalb and Sycamore youth report they are given useful roles in the community,” said Mary Hess, asset specialist at DeKalb County KEYS Initiative and Ben Gordon prevention and education program. “The youth and family volunteer fair is one way we can let our kids know that they can make a valuable contribution in the communities where they live. ”
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