School life is not all about academics, games, friends and fun. In fact it is also about learning to interact with other people, being aware of the social issues/inequities and learning to amend the deformities present in our society.
Remember how Malala Yousafzai, a teenage Pakistani activist, became the youngest Nobel Peace winner (at the age of 17 years) for advocating girls' right to education. She raised her voice against the suppression of children and for the right of all children to education when she was only 11 years old. Thus she’s is an example for all young people that how your little but effective efforts can have genuine influence on the world around you.
The fact is that you are never too young or immature to start making a difference in the community and translating the social issues. Also the parents should find meaningful ways for their young ones to contribute to the community initiatives and social reforms.
Given below are a few simple but powerful activities you can easily integrate into your student life and make a difference in the society:
1. Start with something small
Making a difference doesn't mean doing something that's going to change the world. However, you can do things that make a difference to yourself, your family, friends or community. Do not weigh your efforts to find how big or small they are. Remember that you're making an effort to make someone’s life a little better and to make people happy.
There are plenty of ways younger kids can make a difference in the society, with their small and influential steps. These are:
- Plant a Tree
Everyone knows that how important trees are for us and other organisms living on the earth. Trees improve air quality, prevent water pollution and soil erosion, provide a habitat for wildlife and shield life on earth from ultraviolet rays. Planting trees has become need of the hour so that we can save our planet for the future and improve our present day life too. Thus by planting trees, kids can bring a significant change in the environment for years to come.
- Blood donation
We all know that blood is vital for survival. Blood donation not only rebuilds the lives of millions of people who face medical emergencies, but it is also a kind act of gifting back to the society we live in. Even though being a school student you would be too young to donate blood, one way to get involved in this noble cause is by hosting/ volunteering a blood drive at your school or nearby health care centre. Make a group with your friends to promote blood donation by campaigning in your society.
- Feed the hungry
You would have seen a number of people sitting by the roadside, begging for money and food. Little poor kids, who should be served a full nutritious diet, don’t even get food enough to satisfy their hunger. However, by a simple act of kindness and generosity, we can create a world where no one goes to bed without food. You as a young social worker, with the help of your friends or school mates, can collect money and food items for these poor people. By feeding the hungry people you will feel happy, blessed and more satisfied with life.
- Donate your books, toys and clothes
This is another way of making a direct impact on the world around you. Your old/used articles can be great use for others who really need them. There are a number of non-profit organisations which accept the old/used things and convey them to the needy
2. Help your local charity raise funds
You as a teenage can successfully raise good funds for a charity. People would appreciate your efforts and feel happy to help you by contributing their part. You may host events like birthday party or holiday celebration where you may ask guests to bring items to donate to your charity instead of presents. You may set up a donation box in your society to bring a small change in the world around you.
3. Encourage education
Education is all about empowerment. It is one of the most important factors for retarding and preventing global poverty. You may contribute to increase the nation’s literacy rate by educating more and more people. You may teach your maid, her kids, and others who wish to learn.
If all the youngsters take part in educating illiterate people around us, they can make a huge difference in the society.
Volunteering allows you to connect with your community to work on an issue you care deeply about. You may aware other people about the noble cause you want to work for so that more and more people come forward to support that cause. You this effort can make a real difference to the lives of millions around. However, volunteering for a cause you are passionate about can become truly rewarding and educating. You may reach out to organizations and express your interest in learning from them and helping out.
5. Join with an adult/experienced activist
It’s really beneficial to work with an adult who already works for an issue which you are concerned about. It will help connect with that issue in more effective way. An adult activist will act as a role model supporting your aspirations, introduce you to others in the field and inform you about various opportunities to put your efforts in the right direction.
Our world is desperately waiting for a change. If everyone in this world undertakes at least one social responsibility, then the world will definitely be a better place to live. You can take your initiative at such young stage and set an inspiration for others. After all, you are the future of our nation.