KEYS and United Way Team Up to Offer Youth Volunteer Fair
“Youth who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote and be philanthropic,” cites the UCLA/Higher Education Institute.
DeKalb County KEYS (Keep Engaging Youth to Succeed) and Kishwaukee United Way are hosting the first annual Care or Be Square Youth & Family Volunteer Fair for DeKalb County middle and high school youth on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at DeKalb County Community Outreach Building’s Blank Slate Room (2500 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Mary Hess, Asset Specialist at DeKalb County KEYS Initiative says “Not long ago, our research found only 22% of DeKalb and Sycamore youth report they are given useful roles in the community. The youth & family volunteer fair is one way we can let our kids know that they can make a valuable contribution in the communities where they live. ”
The Care or Be Square Youth & Family Volunteer Fair is free and open to students from all DeKalb County middle and high schools. It is designed to facilitate volunteer connections and help ignite the volunteer spirit that has shaped our thriving community. The volunteer fair hopes to provide young people and their families with a myriad of opportunities that will compliment both their interests and schedules. To assist attendees in learning about what volunteer opportunities are available, an information booklet detailing each participating organization will be distributed.
“We were thrilled when Mary contacted us asking what we thought about offering a volunteer fair tailored to kids in our community. We were on board immediately,” says Dawn Littlefield, Kishwaukee United Way’s Executive Director, “We hope that students and families will come out and see us on the 24th.”
To get further information, including vendor registration forms, contact Mary Hess at 815.756.8501 , ext 111.