Live Peace with Impatient Optimists
When it comes to doing good in the world, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a massive force. As an organization, it funds projects ranging from the eradication of polio to increasing access to information through public libraries.
And you can follow all of The Gates Foundation’s projects on their blog, Impatient Optimists! As we celebrate October Outreach in honor of International Day of the Girl, we wanted to share a post by Charlotte Beall on Impatient Optimists, called “Seven Ways You Can Support Youth In Your Community.”
In the post, Beall speaks to the importance of recognizing the power of youth to do good and make change. As an organization that strives to offer a multitude of programs for children, we fully support the idea that youth are the future!
Listening to kids’ voices at our 3rd Birthday!
Check out Beall’s recommendations on how to support kids, both boys and girls, making Good Happen:
- Listen: Listen to their ideas and help them create an action plan to make their idea a reality.
- Collaborate: Encourage them to talk to others who can help them with their idea.
- Remove Barriers: Help them trouble shoot and find ways to remove barriers that prevent them from making their idea a reality.
- Spread the Word: Tell your friends about your child’s idea.
- Help them share their ideas: Use a variety of communication resources to get the word out about their idea. Some to consider: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, e-mail, creating a website, posting a YouTube video, creating a poster, and speaking at a community center or a school.
- Help Others: Have conversations about the unique skills of your individual family members and talk about ways to apply these skills for others in need. The Volunteer Match website is a great place to start.
- Lead by Example: Be a positive role model and take action on an idea you have to help make positive change in your community.
Want to learn more and find great resources? Check out Beall’s original post!
How are you empowering the youth around you to do good?
Pay it Forward!