After graduating from St. Barnabas in 2007 and Father Lopez in 2011, Ryan Farmer set off to continue his higher education at Florida State University in Tallahassee. During his time at the University, Farmer was involved in several organizations on campus including writing for the campus newspaper, the FSUView and lifeguarding at the swimming pool both on-campus and at the off-campus reservation. Aside from his activities around campus, Ryan had the opportunity to take several trips during weekends and holidays.
One of his trips included a spring break adventure to San Juan, Puerto Rico, during which he and his two friends came up with the novel idea of Hawaiian pants, adorned with a surfer-type cartoon dolphin. After the shenanigans subsided, Farmer left Puerto Rico with nothing more than a comical idea, not expecting it to manifest into a business venture.
Generally speaking, children under the age of 14 are a greatly underutilized volunteer resource. There is so much that can be gained from youth taking an active role in helping our community, which is why our private school finds every opportunity to expose our students to volunteer opportunities.
Here are just a few of the ways that volunteering can positively impact our youth:
There's no question that there is a direct link between community service and academic gain for our youth. It provides students with the ideal opportunity to apply what they've learned in the classroom to real human needs. Working as a volunteer can also help students to develop better problem solving skills and gain a sense of self-accomplishment.
We've talked in great detail about the benefits that involvement in extracurricular activities can have on your child. Not only can they help to develop a more engaged student, but they also teach valuable life lessons such as teamwork and self-esteem.
However, if you over-schedule your child with too many extracurricular activities, the benefits can quickly diminish. Unfortunately, parents experience an enormous amount of pressure these days to get their children involved with everything under the sun.
Is your child involved with too many extracurricular activities? Here are some of the most common signs to confirm this: