From local pre-schools to colleges, Habitat for Humanity is impacting the leaders of tomorrow. Growing up happens in the blink of an eye, and while individual youth is finite, it’s always present in the next generation. Take Brian, for instance, a senior at Xavier High School who is looking for new ways to get involved and become a mighty part of his community. “Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that truly makes a difference,” says Brian. Xavier teachers, administrators, staff and students have been in a strong partnership with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity for more than five years. Another student, Brett, says, “Habitat for Humanity helped me realize how blessed I am and how I am called to give back to the community that has given me so much.”
Making an impact in young minds and hearts not just in Cedar Rapids, but around the globe, is crucial for the life and longevity of our organization. Today’s high school student might very well be in a place of powerful decision-making some years down the road. We hope that these leaders of tomorrow will continue to nurture their spirit of philanthropy.
Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.
– Proverbs 11:14
Bethany is serving her second yearlong term as president of the Coe College Habitat chapter. She’s not only been an advocate for Habitat for Humanity, but a hands-on volunteer through ABWK (A Brush with Kindness), at ReStore and on various Habitat build sites in Cedar Rapids and across the southeastern United States. “Framing and roofing are, by far, my favorite parts of the actual construction,” she says. Describing herself as “extremely independent,” Bethany struggled with asking for help on the volunteer site. “The more you’re there, the better you learn the specifics of the build process,” she says. “[The] crew leaders are absolutely wonderful – they are SO patient and willing to explain everything to you!”
When asking Bethany about the importance of youth understanding homelessness, poverty and ways they might be able to help either now or in the future, she responds, “In my opinion, I think everyone ought to be knowledgeable about how people are living and the dire need for better, more affordable housing options. This education starts with our youth, because they’re going to grow up to become leaders. Wee voices that constantly demand to be heard, so using those voices is one way we can pitch in.”
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12
Imagine a world where everyone has a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Now, put your imagination into action and share with your friends, family, church and elected representatives the impact that safe, sustainable and affordable homes have on millions of Americans.
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