The Rewards of Being a Youth Advisor
- You can help a child or teen make good decisions about their future.Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images
Young people will grow up to become leaders, employees, employers and thinkers. Working as a youth advisor allows the opportunity to show younger people how to reach their dreams. For many kids, an older, knowledgeable helping hand can go a long way. As a youth advisor, you will be able to provide younger generations with information and a wise perspective. It is rewarding to know that you've helped someone make good decisions or learn new and helpful information.
- Volunteering with the youth bridges gaps in the community.Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images
Volunteering as a youth advisor is a great way to make different members of the community come together. Not only will you meet a new child or teen, you'll meet their families and other advisors. As a result, you will be working to bring the community together by meeting new people. According to Volunteer Match, volunteering works to "enrich our lives and the world around us." By meeting with youth, you will be able to get to know more about their lives, backgrounds and communities and, in turn, they will learn about your own. Connecting with people allows you to have a broader perspective about the world around you, enriching your knowledge.
- Gain work experience when volunteering as a youth advisor.BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images
By working as a youth advisor, you will get hands-on experience that may inform future studies or employment. For example, after or during your work as a youth advisor, your studies might include child psychology, teaching, school guidance counseling, social work for youth and family services or nonprofit organization work. If you work as a volunteer youth advisor through a specific organization, for example, you may have the chance to grow through the company. For a graduate student, volunteering as a youth advisor may be a preliminary step in applying for a degree program in a related field as well.
- As a youth advisor you'll learn about important issues in the community.Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
Empower the community around you to make smart decisions about how to inspire, teach and care for youth. By being a youth advisor, you'll have an advantage into seeing the needs and ideas of youth. For example, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation raises important issues about how to better serve youth. Working with youth may make you more aware of community issues -- bullying or the need for better school systems, for example. These are issues you can bring to light by attending community meetings or discussions with school administrators.