When Eunice Buhler was in first grade, she noticed that the kids in her community weren't talking to each other. So she created a newspaper to bring the kids together. Filled with jokes and other fun stuff, Eunice's idea worked.
"I'm a person who sees a problem and tries to change it," she said.
Now 16, Eunice continues to volunteer and loves every minute of it. One of her greatest accomplishments as a teen volunteer was founding Cultures for Youth. The not-for-profit volunteer organization teaches kids about various cultures so they can have a better appreciation for people around the world.
Cultures for Youth has organized everything from Olympic Games Cultural Sharing Exchange Project in Athens, Greece, to a monthly cultural enrichment program in the United States. Eunice also teaches kids to start their own volunteer projects.
"My most proud accomplishment has been helping other people become leaders and volunteers themselves," Eunice said.
Kids are never too young to volunteer. As Eunice says, kids can and should take a look at the world and find problems that need solving. "We are going to be here for a long time. We need to make an impact on what we have and take care of it," she said.
School comes first for Eunice. But because she loves Cultures for Youth, she finds a special time for her volunteer work. She offers this advice: "If you find volunteer work you enjoy, it won't be a drag."
Around the World
Eunice isn't the only teen taking action. Halfway around the world, 14-year-old Adi Pollack spends her time volunteering in Israel, her home country. In Israel, there is a lot of violence between different groups of people. Adi helps families that were victims of terror. She babysat a two-year-old girl in a family while the parents took care of their injured son. Adi spent time with the girl and gave her the attention she needed.
"I don't solve their problem. I don't make the physical or mental injuries hurt less. I help other parts of the family that need attention," Adi said.
Adi also packs food for poor people, volunteered at her local library, and helped a boy who had autism. "It feels good to help somebody else. I just feel like it's something everyone should do. I have so much, so I should share it with people who don't," she said.
Adi thinks that when kids volunteer, they should also enjoy doing it.
"I think it's important for kids to volunteer because that's how we can build a better community, a better world. If you help someone, he will help someone back," Adi said.
Do you want to make a difference in your community? Visit these Web sites to take action!
Cultures for Kids
Angel Soft Angel in Action Million Family Service Pledge
USA Freedom Corps
Red Cross Youth Services
Youth Volunteer Corps
Youth Service America