When students volunteer to help keep their communities safe and healthy before, during and after a disaster, communities and students both win. When students make the choice to volunteer, they are giving an important gift to their community and while gaining valuable skills and meeting new people.
Students can use their strengths and develop the skills that they have learned while they volunteer. Some help staff vaccination clinics or blood drives, others help with community outreach efforts, and some even work to get their friends and fellow students interested in preparedness by organizing events like the student-led 2015 Schoolhouse Rock Teen Video Contest.
Students benefit too. Getting hands-on experience can help you learn more than you might have from a textbook alone. And you never know who you will meet when you volunteer – it could be a lifelong friend or even your first boss.
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