Maybe you've been told you're a good leader by a teacher or maybe you already know that you have what it takes. But even if you have the qualities of a good leader, what are you supposed to do? What activities can you participate in? There are many ways to use your leadership skills, so check out the ideas below.
- Run for a position on the student council. Think about your best qualities and then decide: Would you make a good president or treasurer? Do you want to help plan an event like a school dance or homecoming?
- Start something new. For example, start a recycling program, a mentoring program for younger students, or a club that students at your school may want.
- Join an existing adult board. Represent the youth in your community by using your voice. For example, you could attend school board or city council meetings to speak up for the youth in your area.
- Start a youth component to your neighborhood association. Get involved and plan events for youth like movie nights or neighborhood clean-ups.
- Volunteer. If you have a certain interest, such as animal care or history, see if you can volunteer somewhere to learn new leadership and job skills.
- Start a study group for military youth. It's hard to change schools, but to make this less stressful, start a study group for students who may have moved during the middle of the year.
- Create a welcome committee. Design a welcome basket for families that move to your installation or community. Include helpful information and something creative or comforting.
- Become a youth sponsor. Your installation may offer a Youth Sponsorship program that connects youth who are moving to a particular area with someone who already lives there. See if you can get involved.
- Start an online community for military youth. You know best what it's like to be the son or daughter of a military parent. You also know a lot about technology, so start a Facebook page, blog, or other online community for military youth to share stories, advice, and comments about what they're experiencing.
It can be helpful to think about the areas in your life that are made challenging by being a military youth, such as moving a lot, changing schools, and experiencing a parent's deployment. Take those issues and your ability to lead and create ways to help youth in your situation.
For more information and resources to help military youth and teens navigate everything from the unique challenges of a mobile military lifestyle to managing their social lives, saving money, and going green, visit Military Youth on the Move!