Organizer Donya Jalali and YouthVOC Volunteers

I have said many times it will be Gen Y that will be the inspired generation to change the world. Today I saw first hand how youth are inspiring youth to volunteer and help create change all over the world.

Day 242: Give 24

I don’t have any regrets about my life at the age of 42 but I do wish I had spent more time giving back in my youth. I wish I had taken a few months or a year to volunteer some where in the world other than Toronto. I meet young people that are doing this all the time now. They travel to remote places in the world and volunteer to work at an orphanage or build a home. They return from their volunteer work changed. They no longer see the world as they used to and understand the challenges that so many face.  They in turn spend their lives more aware and more generous of their time and money.

Today I met a young women, Donya Jalali that is part of an organization called YouthVOC. Their mission is inspiring:

To inspire youth to broaden their horizons, and become aware of their own abilities to make a positive impact in the local and global community by providing volunteer resources.

H.E.Y Day was born from this mission and it brought together organizations the give back every day and give youth the opportunity to volunteer their time. Here are the organizations that participated so you to can inspire your children to volunteer.

Me to We ,                            CUSO-VSO

AFS Interculture Canada,         CIDA

Peace Corps QUEST University Canada

All Access David Suzuki Foundation

Gokatimavik Lookout Emergency Aid Society

Big Brothers Atin Afrika Foundation Canada World Youth

It only takes one person to create great change in the world and that person may be you or it may be your child. Open your world to the opportunity of volunteering no matter what your age. It can be in your own back yard or on the other side of the world. I have personally spent endless hours volunteering and this time has been some of the most rewarding times of my life. I plan to volunteer for my entire life and inspire my son to do the same.

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Time Commitment: 1 hour on site talking with the organizations and volunteers

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  1. Over the last few years I have been very actively involved in community development in my home town. Its a really interesting thing I have noted, that it is often much easier to get teenagers to volunteer their time and energy to the community than it is to find adult volunteers!

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