Youth ser­vice a fo­cus

Montreal Gazette - - PUZZLES - ANNIE LANE

Dear Annie: This is re­gard­ing “Charged-Up Spouse,” the ag­gra­vated man whose wife is con­stantly us­ing and mis­plac­ing his phone charg­ers. He should look into a “key-find­ing” de­vice. There are many in­ex­pen­sive pag­ing/track­ing de­vices avail­able today.

The re­ceiver is typ­i­cally at­tached to your key ring and emits a loud beep when­ever the trans­mit­ter is ac­ti­vated. Though th­ese are of­ten mar­keted for find­ing keys, they can be used for any item. The re­ceiver would be af­fixed to the phone charger in­stead of to his car keys. And un­like the coloured tape op­tion, this so­lu­tion would not re­quire that the miss­ing charger be within his ac­tual line of sight. I’ve used th­ese de­vices my­self, and I have found them con­sis­tently ef­fec­tive and re­li­able. Mike K.

Dear Mike: A mod­ern so­lu­tion for a mod­ern prob­lem. I like it.

Dear Annie: Young peo­ple are ready, will­ing and able to tackle the world’s most dif­fi­cult chal­lenges, yet they are vastly un­der-rep­re­sented as ac­tive cit­i­zens, de­ci­sion-mak­ers and lead­ers. From the preschool­ers col­lect­ing canned goods to com­bat hunger to the high schooler in Vir­ginia cre­at­ing STEM clubs for women and girls, all of th­ese re­mark­able youths have a com­mon goal: to raise aware­ness and solve the prob­lems fac­ing the world.

Please let your read­ers know about Global Youth Ser­vice Day, which oc­curs from April 21 to April 23 this year. Dur­ing this three-day event, thou­sands of com­mu­nity part­ners in the U.S. and 125 coun­tries will ac­ti­vate mil­lions of young peo­ple to strengthen their com­mu­ni­ties. Global Youth Ser­vice Day rec­og­nizes the so­lu­tions that young peo­ple are bring­ing to the world’s most press­ing is­sues 365 days a year. When given the op­por­tu­nity, young peo­ple are great as­sets and re­sources to their com­mu­ni­ties, pro­vid­ing unique per­spec­tives and skills. Youths who are en­gaged as ac­tive com­mu­nity mem­bers are like­lier to grow up to vol­un­teer, vote and donate to char­i­ta­ble causes. Re­search shows that when youths en­gage in qual­ity ser­vice and ser­vice learn­ing projects, they strengthen their lead­er­ship skills, in­crease their aca­demic en­gage­ment and de­velop vi­tal ca­reer and work­force readi­ness skills. Th­ese out­stand­ing youths demon­strate that young peo­ple are lead­ers and prob­lem-solvers today, not just the lead­ers of a dis­tant to­mor­row.

For more in­for­ma­tion, read­ers can visit gysd. You can also find us @ Youth-Ser­vice on Twit­ter and at face­­ser­viceam­er­ica. Steven A. Cul­bert­son, pres­i­dent and CEO of Youth Ser­vice Amer­ica

Dear Steven: I couldn’t agree more. When young peo­ple are given the op­por­tu­nity to help their com­mu­ni­ties thrive, they thrive, too. I en­cour­age all my young read­ers to cel­e­brate Global Youth Ser­vice Day this week­end. Send your ques­tions for Annie Lane to dear­an­ To find out more about Annie Lane and read fea­tures by other Creators Syndicate colum­nists and car­toon­ists, visit the Creators Syndicate web­site at

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