Students are telling me they’re scared.
They hear their parents’ tense, late night discussions downstairs in front of the TV, and they see the angry vitriol that’s been roiling in their Facebook newsfeeds.
They’re worried about the world they’re inheriting.
When they tell me this in person, I hug them and tell them that they have more power to change the world than they ever think. “Start right where you are,” I tell them.
“Do what you can to fill the world with so much good that bad goes out of style.”
I tell these students, “It begins with speaking with kindness in your own home, online, and in your own school. It builds into empathy and caring for those who are different from you. And it bears fruit and multiplies when you find a cause you care about, and work consistently in service to that cause to make the world a better place.”
To see how thousands of students in the U.S. are doing exactly this, view the exciting, inspiring 2-minute video about WE DAY here.
Whether you’re a student or a parent, this video is guaranteed to make you feel hope.
(To learn more about WE programs for schools, click here.)
Parents, please don’t underestimate the importance of service for students age 12 -22.
Don’t so overfill students’ schedules that they don’t have time for it.
Service can give meaning, purpose, and significance to a student’s life. Service breeds gratitude and contentment, it helps kids to develop meaningful work skills they’ll need later, and it lets this generation know that they do have the power to change the world.
I’m counting on them to do it.
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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?
Jeannie is a full time author and speaker. Her writing helps parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. She also helps students apply to medical school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.