Getting involved with the community provides many benefits for young people. It teaches them a range of new skills, provides them with a sense of belonging and allows them to develop the ability to empathise as they learn of other people’s struggles. With that said, it’s wise for parents to encourage their children to support their community, both in and out of school. I have teamed up with a private school in Hampshire to explore the importance of community involvement in further detail.
Connecting with Others
When children engage with people outside of their usual social circle, they are given an opportunity to develop their social skills and, as a result, they are able to build strong relationships. If they move away from home to attend university or get a job as adults, the ability to connect with others is absolutely crucial, so engaging with the community from a young age is a good way to prepare them.
What’s more, as briefly mentioned above, by learning of other people’s hardships, children learn how to empathise and demonstrate compassion. These are further social skills that are fantastic to possess and can also help children appreciate what they have.
Developing Various Skills
Community involvement can mean many different things, but whatever path your child chooses to take will help them develop a variety of important skills. For example, if they volunteer at a local charity shop, they will develop customer service skills which may help them secure a job in the future. If they travel abroad to help build an orphanage or religious building for the natives, they will build both physical and mental strength, and start to understand the importance of determination.
When children are given an opportunity to work on their skills and build strong relationships, they start to become more confident. Confidence is fantastic because it improves performance in all areas of life. For example, your child might be more willing to take risks and solve problems independently. They might also feel more comfortable engaging in classroom discussions or partaking in school events, thus supporting their academic performance.