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Volunteers are a key part of the youth engagement and engagement programs at many community and youth centres across Canada, but many parents are reluctant to let their kids volunteer.
A recent study from the YMCA of Greater Toronto-Hamilton found that 70 per cent of parents don’t feel comfortable letting their kids participate in volunteer activities.
The study surveyed 1,000 parents and found that more than half of them felt they could not provide their children with enough supervision or training to be successful.
“Parents are concerned about their kids volunteering, and I think the biggest concern is that they feel like they can’t do it alone,” said Dr. Jill Kosty, a health and wellness specialist and pediatrician at the YWCA of Hamilton.
“That’s why so many people are afraid to give their kids a little bit of time.
We know that children can benefit from being involved with the community and we’re trying to make sure that kids are able to benefit from that.”
Kostydian said that kids need to be involved in activities that help them develop skills like self-care and social skills, but they also need to know the right way to interact with others.
“We want to have a safe space where kids can feel comfortable and know that they’re doing something that will make them feel good and feel good about themselves,” she said.
“And also that they can share their stories and what they want to achieve in their life.”
Kusty said that there are three types of youth that need to feel comfortable in the world.
There are kids that are very curious, which is great for learning, but also those that are shy and that are really shy.
“The other thing that needs to be acknowledged is that it’s about being able to have fun and having a good time, too,” she added.
A number of parents also feel like volunteer opportunities can lead to more conflicts, which can then create problems.
For example, one parent who gave her kids a year of free volunteer experience at a youth centre said she felt like she had been left out of the fun.
“When you have a year where you don’t have kids you’re not involved in that part of it and that’s really disappointing, but that’s how we have to be,” she explained.
This article was originally published on The Conversation. “
If they’re not able to do that then we have a problem.”
This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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