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It seems the summer has taken its sweet time to find us! Now that it’s here many youth find themselves with an abundance of free time. If there are young people in your life I believe it’s up to you to partner them to fill that time with something positive and healthy.
I remember when I was young, my Aunt would always cut out newspaper clippings of volunteer opportunities to try and get me involved. At the time, I found this a bit obnoxious but looking back I’m grateful for her interest. Although newspaper clippings are a bit behind the times, I’ve put together a list of things you can recommend for ways to take advantage of summer.
Check out stores like Lowes, Home Depot or Pottery Barn that offer free workshops. Clark College and WSU Vancouver both offer free educational workshops as well.
Physical activity helps our brains produce chemicals that make us happy and being on a consistent team helps build important life skills in like conflict management, giving/receiving feedback and setting goals.
There’s a bit of an identity shift that takes place over summer break and cleaning out and redecorating a bedroom can be symbolic in helping youth discover and sculpt their identity.
While they’re at it, remind them to consider donating things they don’t need.
Click here for a list of Creature Feature events. The library is also offering explosive chemical reaction demonstrations that are sure to excite!
They are also offering "Explosion Inc." events where they produce excitingly explosive chemical reaction demonstrations.
Click here for a list of explosion events.
Clark County maintains a number of beautiful parks that are accessible to youth and families. There are parks offering space to be alone and others designed for togetherness.
Click here to find a park near you using a user-friendly mapping system. This mapping system is also found on the Apple and Android mobile app store under "Clark County Parks & Trails."
Click here for more information on volunteer opportunities within Clark County or see the list below:
One Time Volunteer Opportunities
- Trail Maintenance
- Park Maintenance
- Garden Maintenance
- Invasive Plant Removal
- Litter Pickup
- Leaf Cleanup
- Parks Photography
- Vegetation Management
- Public Health, Environmental Opportunities
- Public Works Events
- Juvenile Court Volunteers
- Other Public Works Opportunities
- Adopt a Park
- Adopt a Road
- Annual Trail User Counts
- Park Host
- Emergency Response Volunteers
- Damage Assessment Team
- Citizens Academy
- Sheriff Explorers
- Neighbors Watch
- Sheriff Reserve Unit
- Seniors and Law Enforcement Together
- Santa’s Posse
- Are U SAR? (Search & Rescue)
- Youth Commission
- Community Mobilization
- Teen Talk
- Safe Communities Task Force
If your youth is already on Twitter, it only takes about 30 seconds to make a second one. Once they’ve got it set up, anytime they want to find an event or workshop in the community they just have to flip over to the new account. In addition, this is a great space to build their resume- employers will want to know that youth can conduct themselves professionally online.
A few good places to start that our staff manage are www.Twitter.com/sctfcc (that's us), www.Twitter.com/clarkcountygo and lastly www.Twitter.com/teentalktalk.
Buying your youth a journal is a thoughtful and special gift. Below I listed a few prompts off the top of my head to get you started.
- Write about a time when you tried something new.
- What is something you like about yourself? Dig deep!
- What is one good thing you aim to do today?
- What would it be like if you could control your dreams while sleeping?
- If you could accomplish one thing next year, what would it be? The sky is the limit.
- What is something you wish people/more people knew about you?
- What kind of activities bring you joy?
- If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be and where would you go to eat?
- Do you find it satisfying when your favorite TV series ends or is it a sad experience? Why?
- If you could wake up tomorrow with a brand new talent, what would it be?
Do you have a favorite summertime activity you’d like to share? Post it in the comments section! We love hearing from our community members.
Sending my best,
Christopher Belisle at SCTF