How can I make the most out of quarantine at my age?
Hi! I'm a 16-year old high school student wanting to volunteer and do some good during this difficult time. But, all the virtual opportunities are more offered toward adults rather than teenagers. Therefore, I'm stuck /: #career #volunteer #student #highschool #opportunities
One example: a high-school student from Massachusetts, in the US, created a virtual conference for middle school girls to learn about how to overcome sexism before they encounter it in their careers. The conference is happening May 23rd, and you can find out more here: https://projectathena2020.weebly.com/
If there's something that you're passionate about and is the way in which you'd want to help people, now's the time :)
Making masks for those on the front lines, for the elderly, for yourself, and for your family is a great way to help out during these uncertain times.
Here are some random ideas, but definitely let your interests guide you... Khan Academy has great free online courses. Hour of Code or Code Academy teaches coding free. There's also a lot of arts that's becoming more accessible online during the shelter in place time period - take a look and see if anything interests you. Since you're 16, you can legally work. You can also offer to "work" remotely in skills you have already that others don't have yet, such as social media marketing for a Small Business that needs help, etc.
I wish you all the best. I hope this helps you.
Amy recommends the following next steps:
1. Reach out to your community see if anyone needs tutoring for your favorite subject, this can be done online through video conferencing.
2. Mow your neighbors lawn.
3. Take an elderly's dog for a walk
Find something you may have always wanted to try-- a hobby or sport - but never had the time. Maybe a blog on a topic you're into. Or a YouTube channel? Would be fun just exploring the outdoors too.
You could also pick up trash outside or help do yard work for other people. If you have something you are very passionate about-like painting or something like that, you could also host online tutorials to teach others.
Maybe call a local library and see if they are doing any virtual book readings that you could volunteer for as well
Rita recommends the following next steps:
Start small and don't overthink it!
Heidi recommends the following next steps:
1. Start by checking on your older or immunocompromised relatives or friends. Checking on them could mean a great deal for someone who is self-isolating. If you don't want to call, send a card, picture or a care package of pre-packaged goodies.
2. There are ways to be creative with ways to volunteer within your own home by being mindful of chores around the house and spending quality time with your parents.
3. Become a virtual volunteer reader. https://activategood.org/virtual-volunteer-readers/ Activate Good is partnering with Learning Together to empower future readers! They are looking for volunteers to model read aloud practices by creating videos showcasing you reading a story in a fun, engaging way. Modeling reading helps children learning how to read practice and improve!
Here are several resources:
*All For Good: http://www.allforgood.org/about
*Peers and Students Taking Action: https://wearepasta.org
*VolunTEEN Nation: http://www.volunteennation.org
*Volunteer Family: http://www.volunteerfamily.org
Another great way, you can connect to the local schools, hospitals, -and extend your volunteering by putting together some motivational and thank you cards. Many people are in the hospitals, some don’t have any family members and maybe a small token such as a card can make hen feel not alone and connected to the outside world.
Do some research , go on Facebook -review or just connect with your local community to see what they are doing and how are they helping or need any support and how you can become part of this amazing path.