Do you think that students should be volunteers?  Why or why not? If yes, support what should they be doing?(provide example) Be specific, providing details

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While I think that it is extremely beneficial for students to volunteer, they should not be forced to do so because it then becomes another activity that is self-serving. The idea of students earning service hours for various clubs (NHS or Beta Club) has always bothered me somewhat. We seem to have engendered a generation of youths who weigh every activity by how it helps them.

If we want to inspire a spirit of volunteerism, then we must model volunteering ourselves. This means that teachers and parents must volunteer purely for the sake of their students (not to earn professional development credit, recognition, or a promotion). While that concept is daunting because most of us teachers feel overwhelmed as it is, in the end it is rewarding and will perhaps encourage a new generation to volunteer.

kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, I think students should take advantage of the opportunity to volunteer their time and energy to help in their communities.  The biggest problem with the current approach to community service is that it is seen as another thing to check off on college applications.

If a student or teenager can find something that they actually are interested in volunteering their time for, it can be a valuable chance for them to get to know people they don't normally interact with and to gain perspective on their own lives.

I think it is also vital for them to give up some of their own time in order to start to feel the benefits of being unselfish and gaining the satisfaction of being a part of something larger than themselves.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not think that it is vital for students to volunteer.  I think that students in today's world are typically so busy that it might not always make sense for them to volunteer.

I am not saying it's not good to volunteer.  It is a good thing.  However, there are lots of good things that students don't have time for.  I think that it's a good idea for students to volunteer if they have time, but I think that should not be their first priority.  I think they should concentrate first on school.  If they have a job, that should be a second priority.  Then, if they still have time and energy, they should volunteer.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I feel that students should be required to volunteer within their own community. As a matter of fact, if I could, I would make it a requirement that they serve a certain number of hours as a volunteer before they were given a diploma. The values and lessons people learn from helping others is a lesson that can not be taught in the classroom and is one that the student will remember for a lifetime.

megan-bright eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Students should only volunteer if their hearts are in it and they are truly interested and dedicated to that particular cause. They will gain so much more and learn so much more if they are motivated from within to volunteer. They certainly shouldn't be forced to volunteer, but should be allowed to grow into doing such on their own time.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think students should volunteer. Yes many students today are extremely busy. However, many are busy with their own personal things. Society seems to be raising a generation in which many are focused only on themselves--what's good for them; what's beneficial to them. Students need to learn how to give as well.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Volunteering is a great way for students to connect to their communities.  Many times students can volunteer in situations similar to those they are going to be working in.  It gives them an opportunity to see if that really is a job they would consider, and if so gives them experience and skills for the job!