By: Xiaozhao Su
Beginning of this century, young people have been taking their important roles in the world. I feel so proud of being a young people in this period, it’s our responsibility to play our leaderships actively in our communities and our nations. These young volunteers have been portrayed as these people who want to develop their skill in order to prepare their future careers on medias. Giving back to our own community with the knowledge we learned is meaningful, and volunteering in different types of the organizations is the way to satisfying and fulfilling their lives. In popular culture, these young volunteers have viewed as people who looking forward to improving their networking, communicate ability with their creativity and their own ideas, they are finding the effective ways to give back the community and make an ideal place to live.
The facts and challenges for these young volunteers—Teen Ink article
According to the Teen Ink article, there was only 61.8 million Americans reported volunteering in the year 2009 and this number is only a portion of the American population. I believe most of the American is lazy and this can become the main element to affecting their actions. Many of them are not even completing their duties in diary life, they are missing the abilities in time controlling. So it is almost impossible for them to spend time on volunteering. All of the American should realized time management is very important for us no matter in studying or volunteering. This article also mentioned how lazy American is and many of them still think they will reach their goals and their dream will come true in the way that is comfortable for them.
People are not looking forward to volunteering is because they can’t find the truly of volunteering and thinking something in a simple way. We are solving our personal problems in volunteering because we are learning many new things every day, and it is the positive way for us to increase knowledge in different areas. One thing really interesting to me in “Teen Ink” article is he said volunteering is a way to relax ourselves and I totally agree with him. We must have a time when feeling lonely or having depression, and volunteering can be express our feelings with people around us and get to connect to others. So giving back a way to help others, but also a way to help ourselves.
They were succeed academically—“Youth Helping America”
This is study based on the survey, title “Youth Helping America”, they tried to see the connections between volunteering and the “primary social institutions” to which teenagers are exposed – family, religious congregations,and schools. It states 55 Percent of Youth Volunteer, and youth volunteers succeed academically, it also listed the reasons why religious can affect their choices and youth will volunteer if the family members do. This study was talking about the young people succeed academically if they volunteer, that is something I never expected. “Students who report doing better in school are more likely to be volunteers than students who report doing less well, and are also more likely to have been involved in community service as part of a school activity”, I will explore more in this area since I ignore most of the youth are still in school, and I think it is necessary for me to explain the connections between school activities and volunteering, now we can see the forces are pushing them and where their passion come from.
Social capital variables are the most relevant—Youth Volunteering in Countries in the European Union
This is a research-article described the differences and similarities youth volunteer rates in European on individual and national, they tried to know about the reasons and elements that are affecting young people’s choices in the community activities with the comparisons and observations. They used data from all the survey which asking young people what would their thinking if they have the opportunities to volunteer, and they made some statistics to shows people’s choices in different ages. And they finally summary social capital variables are the most relevant when young people is deciding to participate in community volunteering.
They asked young people they types of the volunteer activity (Social Conscience, Professional, Leisure, and Social Justice) if they are volunteering in different places in European, and “Leisure” and “social Justice” are having the high percentages than “social conscience” and “ professional” We can understand main volunteer activity is related to leisure, and free-time activities, but “social Justice” is over what I expected and let me feel surprise. This let me think of how these non-profit organizations and programs are so popular in the community, they are providing the chances for the young people to practice their leaderships, and be responsible to their communities. They have predicted as the roles who are preparing for their future living, and entering the mainstream of society.
There are positive and aggressive—-”Giving Back 2 The Community”
I always can’t understand where their passions come from, but I had some ideas after watching the TV shows called “Giving Back 2 The Community” in the Teen Youth Summit which is a TV show. The shows were about the programs in the community that are the organizations to teach the youth all kinds of the skills that can help them to serving and giving back the communities, they are providing committed outreach to the future of their community’s youth and young adults. Most of the young people believe what they did was very meaningful in their ages, that was a way to thanks who gave out the resources in the community and support the community. These programs provide the chances for them to improve the abilities in communication with others, how to come up solutions when they were facing challenges. They were practicing their leaderships, they enjoyed spending time with the people they like and get together to toward a same goal. They can make the lives easier by learning the success or mistakes in volunteering in the community, it was a great way to get the valuable experiences.
The programs in the community are the organizations to teach the youth all kinds of the skills that can help them to serving and giving back the communities, they are providing committed outreach to the future of their community’s youth and young adults.
Most of the young people believe what they did was very meaningful in their ages, that was a way to thanks who gave out the resources in the community and support the community. These programs provide the chances for them to improve the abilities in communication with others, how to come up solutions when they were facing challenges. They were practicing their leaderships, they enjoyed spending time with the people they like and get together to toward a same goal. They can make the lives easier by learning the success or mistakes in volunteering in the community, it was a great way to get the valuable experiences.
They are practicing—-“Young Adult Library Services”
This article provides me a lot useful information on how volunteering benefits our teenagers, and let me know about how they can practice all the skills when they are volunteering. The article encourages teenagers to participate in different departments in a youth adult Library Services Association, in order to help them building all the professional skills. The article explained the purposes of each program specifically, and it states what kind of the young people is appratelite for each program.
This is the article with any stories on it, but it still let me pay a lot attentions on it. The audiences for this article are all the young people who want to building their skills and make them be more professional, and the title in the article was not volunteering. The benefits are labeled on each single subject, this can tell why it can attract so many teenagers to join these programs. Here is the connections with the first resource I watched, these young people are pursuing the same goals that expand networking, update skills, and develop leadership.
They are creative—“Slovakian teenagers”
There must have some “loophole” when we are giving back such as the services we are providing can popularize everyone in the community, Some of the young people have their thought on giving back to their communities. In the “Slovakian teenagers” story, two teenagers were setting up a new food bank at a church, and they wanted to give something back to the city in their own way. Their purpose is to encourage people to join them, or let people know they can have their own way to give back to the place where they are living. “I hope it is going to be appreciated by the community.” They believe what they did can help people who is indeed, and they are giving is useful for everyone in the community. He said: “Our Lord Jesus Christ fed the hungry by multiplying the loaves, so you cannot to some extent preach the word of God on empty stomachs,” They won’t forgot who give them hopes, and they want to give back the motivations to others with their actions. “If they don’t get help from anyone else, we are here to support them.” They want to help these who haven’t been help, they are backing up for the community and they want every single one in the community can be benefited. Some of them might have the same though as me, why they are not just join the public food bank and get together with them instead of doing in their own way? That let me think of the issues we may have when we are giving back. For example, when we are donating the food to the food bank and they can’t handle what you are giving, that can waste your resources and waste their time. Their thoughts are helping these who have been forgot or ignored. Everyone is the decision maker and all the feedback from them is valuable. We are having the same goal which is making the community a better place to live, so the way to volunteer is multifarious and they have been portrayed as the creative individuals.
Volunteering in this community is always our diary actives, APANO (Asian Pacific American Network OF Oregon) is one of the most important organizations in Jane District （where I am living, located in SE Portand）and I feel so glad that I became their member last year. APANO is the special leader in Jane District and its amazing leadership is putting Jane District moving forward. It is organizing by partnering with neighborhood associations and local businesses in order to meet the economic needs of residents. I am volunteering as a Chinese interpret in APANO on the weekend twice a month and I learned many skills of communication and getting people together. I understood learning people’s stories and connecting them to issues is very important for a community, and APANO aims to advance a long-term cultural strategy to impact many policies through centering the voices from all of us. We always trust APANO’s works and I feel so proud to service in this organization. We are been portrayed as people who are pursuing our life goals by the time when we are volunteering, we are looking forward to improve all kinds of the skills we should have in order to prepare our future. We are active, creative and aggressive in the medias, and we are continue to be positive.
In week 4 of this term, I have practiced how to analyze our primary sources and I learned a lot from that chapter. “Analyze” is defined as “Examine methodically and in detail the structure and elements of something typically for purposes of explanation and interpretation.” And I believe to practice our Popular Culture Media and Popular Culture Artifact are very important in this class, and the skills of analyzing are useful for our college study in the future.
When we are having conflicts with others, or having different opinions with someone, it is hard to tell who is wrong or who is right. To determine if we are creative or smart enough, we should jump out from this situation and look at these contradiction in the a new perspective and see who is right. In this pop class, I have learned how to use another perspective to get more ideas on someone’s thoughts, and I will keep improving this kind of the skills.
- (n.d.). Youth Volunteering in Countries in the European Union.
Company/Entity:Young Adult Library Services Association. Young Adult Library Services (winter 2014)
Youth Helping America: The Role of Social Institutions in Teen Volunteering.(11/2015).URL: https://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/05_1130_LSA_YHA_SI_factsheet.pdf
Giving Back 2 The Community
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