International Youth Day on Aug. 12 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the importance of youth service and the ability of kids and teens to create meaningful change through volunteerism.
At the age of 15, Grace McAllister already understands the restorative power of giving back. After being sexual abused by her father from the age of 6 to 10, Grace found the courage to tell her stepmother – and endured months of interviews, counselors, lawyer visits, a court appearance, and disbelief from some family and friends
In 2008, fifth-grader Cassandra Lin came across an article in the local paper. Due to the recession, the article stated, many families in her hometown of Westerly, Rhode Island, were struggling to heat their homes, and local charities were running out of funds. Cassandra was determined to do something to help.