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How to help
Here's what you can do
As adults we have an opportunity to make a huge impact on young people. We can be a positive influence modeling good character whenever young people are around us. According to the Search Institute, adults can increase the likelihood of a child’s success by helping them attain skills known as developmental assets, which provide a foundation for healthy development and choices.
Whether you are a Kiwanis BUG sponsor, a teacher, a neighbor or a business owner within the community, you can help the young people around you succeed by interacting with them in the following ways.
- Learn and use their names.
- Ask for assistance with a project.
- When you notice a young person doing something positive, compliment them.
- Show genuine respect and expect it in return.
- Talk to young people about things you have in common.
- Listen actively when interacting.
- Talk about people you admire and why.
- Help young people with decision-making skills.
Serving as a mentor is one way of ensuring the success of young people. You can do this through the Bring Up Grades program or any of the Kiwanis Kids programs. Learn more about mentoring.
Become a business sponsor
If you don’t have time to volunteer but want to make an impact consider supporting a Bring Up Grades program in your community. Learn about the benefits of business sponsorship.
Make a financial contribution that will provide program materials for the establishment of a Bring Up Grades program in a school or community center. Learn more about giving.
Reaching out to youth sometimes means establishing programming in unconventional settings. Here are examples of places where young people would thrive as Bring Up Grades participants.
Boys and Girls Club