Add Value To The Lives Of Others

You bring value to the lives of others.  By being an example or role model, you demonstrate it by being genuine and by the way you live your life.  Your friends will go to bat for you because they know you’re the real deal.  People know when you don’t want to be there, it’s hard to fake it. 

Years ago, Jerry Rice, widely considered to be the greatest wide receiver in the NFL, told a story about when he was at football practice in high school.  When it came time to run the steep hill, he was going to sneak into the locker room early.  And as he was heading that way, this voice inside his head said, if you do this, you’ll always do this.  He said, I turned myself around and ran the hill.  In the pros, he believed there was no off season and was known to run a 2 ½ mile hill in San Francisco, where there were no short cuts.  

There’s no easy route in life.  By taking the easy route, you make it harder.  Negatives speak louder than positives in our lives and when we get hit, all the good can disappear in our minds.  By getting involved in the lives of young people, we’re able to make a difference.  Students who start off not doing well are often able to turn it around with the kind of value a volunteer can add to their lives.

Be A Youth Volunteer

My name is Doug Edwards and I created Youth Worker On Fire to share the skills and techniques for working with adolescents that can make a positive difference in their lives.  I’m talking with middle and high school teachers, administrators, coaches and community leaders about the importance of impacting the youth of today.  Much of the advice I’m sharing is designed to help you be more effective as you reach out to today’s youth and hopefully avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made along the way. 

I started in Campus Life, a para-church organization, and learned that youth work is tough and you need good training.  I raised funds for my salary and learned to become a confidant to teachers and administrators as well as parents and students.  One of the most important skills was how to keep getting back up even when things got tough.  And they will get tough.  That’s often when we learn the most valuable lessons. 

We all have stories of how someone in our lives influenced us in a positive way and that’s what I want to share to help you thrive and endure.  We should always treat our students like they’re a prince or princess.  Each of these kids is special.  My hope is that this would become a valuable resource as you make a difference in the lives of today’s young people.