February is the home of several events and holidays; some being Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. However, one that often gets overlooked is National Youth Leadership Month. National Youth Leadership Month is a month to celebrate young people who take on leadership roles within their communities. Most prominent examples of how people support this month are joining some of the groups for youth leadership, fundraisers, and helping out the community.
The National Youth Leadership Forum is a group of summer programs designed to introduce high school, middle school, and elementary school students to different experiences to prepare them for leadership opportunities, college, and future jobs. One example of the summer programs are the Girl and Boy Scouts for the younger generation, teaching children about life skills both indoors and outdoors. Another program is National Youth Leadership Council, also known as NYLC, which teaches students to use academic and civic knowledge as well as skills to address genuine community needs. Some of those skills include working with others, survival and future job skills such as taking on a leadership role.
These organizations often hold fundraisers to help around the community and teach the children how to take on bigger responsibilities. A foundation that focuses on that is the Tony Robbins Foundation. Their mission is to create positive changes in the lives of youth, seniors, the hungry, the homeless, and the imprisoned population (thetonyrobbinsfoundation.org). Being a nonprofit organization is hard, but with the help they give and the donations provided by the people, they continue to help out everyone in the community in need.
Other groups, such as local food banks and shelters, allow adolescents to volunteer there to help out, or other places such as the American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. These, like other organizations, teach life skills that many others may not have, like how to help others or yourself when in a difficult situation or tight spot. Most instances of this are being homeless or low on finances, needing everything that comes their way.
Take part of this month by helping out in the community to make a difference, maybe volunteering at a local shelter or hospitals. For those who enjoy helping out, take a look at the other groups to join to help out and possibly learn some skills as well.