On the 20th of April, the School Captains and Social Justice Captains went to the Chelsea Town Hall for the Junior Mayor Election for 2017. 24 schools were represented by a chosen candidate and a supporting team.Each school had to deliver a speech. The topic of the speech was ‘What are the benefits of young people volunteering in our community?’
This is the speech Sienna delivered on the behalf of St.Mark’s:
“Imagine a world where everyone lives in harmony. A world where everyone co-operates. A world filled with confident, responsible and skilled leaders. Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this world? A world where everyone grows together as one. A world filled with endless possibilities.
But… How do we make this world possible?
We often hear about adults volunteering in schools and aged care centres. But what about young people volunteering? How is this beneficial?
We know that people become leaders by learning from others. Our journey in life takes us down many paths and roads. During our lifetime, we meet different people who could potentially enrich our lives with their own experiences and life journeys. By volunteering in our community we benefit from immersing ourselves in life lessons that will have an impact on our futures.
But… How will volunteering in our community have an impact on our futures?
We believe that through volunteering young people will learn new skills that are beneficial and would impact our future. It would make younger kids look up to us. They would say ‘Wow! They’re doing that?! I want to be like that someday!’ That will create a chain that will continue for a lifetime! A chain that is a life cycle. Once kids see what we are doing for our community, they will want to do it themselves. When we grow up and start working, younger kids will take our places and become the role models that we once were.
Perhaps the biggest impact in our lives comes from experiences. We call these life lessons. Life lessons from the people we meet along our path of volunteering. Life lessons that will teach us skills that we may use as adults to enhance our chances of pursuing successful careers and job prospects. Life lessons that will enrich our personal lives in relationships with family, friends, schoolmates and eventually work colleagues.
But don’t get us wrong, when we say benefits of volunteering, it doesn’t just apply to what we get from this but also what others get from us. We, the young members of our community have skills and life experiences from which others could learn and benefit too. What we are saying is…… the benefits work both ways.
Join us in saying: we want to grow up and develop into mature, confident and successful leaders. We want to grow together as one. We want to learn and teach others…and the best way to do this is by volunteering in our community!”