Why I am a young vol­un­teer

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My name is Ab­bie Jack­son and I have been vol­un­teer­ing at Ar­ran Youth Foun­da­tions for ap­prox­i­mately seven months now. I help through­out the week at the var­i­ous clubs that are run by AYF. Such as a Mon­day cook­ing club, Wed­nes­day art club, Thurs­day youth fo­rum and LGBT and a Fri­day night youth club for young peo­ple aged 12-18. I reg­u­larly at­tended the youth club when I was in high school and had al­ways con­sid­ered the pos­si­bil­ity of be­com­ing a youth leader. Through the en­cour­age­ment of both Hol­lie Watkins and Graeme John­ston, the youth lead­ers, they have helped to make my tran­si­tion from young mem­ber to youth vol­un­teer com­fort­able and easy. I have used my ex­pe­ri­ence that I have gath­ered over the past few years within the ed­u­ca­tion spec­trum to en­hance my knowl­edge and ex­pand my skill sets within the youth cabin. I con­tinue to use my ex­pe­ri­ence from dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios within the youth club to en­hance my con­fi­dence. Through­out my ex­pe­ri­ence within the youth club I have learnt how to be more pa­tient and to con­sider all the out­comes from sit­u­a­tions. I’ve gained knowl­edge in how to suc­cess­fully ap­proach sit­u­a­tions and how to make the young folk ben­e­fit from their ex­pe­ri­ences. I would highly rec­om­mend peo­ple to come for­ward and vol­un­teer as I be­lieve my tie in the youth cabin has been worth it and I will con­tinue to vol­un­teer for as long as I can.

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