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Community and Social Development through Service

Community service and involvement are integral parts of development in an individual’s life. My own life has been shaped widely by committing myself to public service, and earlier this year I spent four months living and volunteering in the country of Uganda. That experience coupled with the many other ways I have been involved in service in my local community have shaped my ambitions for the future. Because of these experiences I have come to the conclusion that it is imperative that we continue to make people aware of service and involvement opportunities in the hopes of securing a bright future for ourselves and our communities.

Involvement in service programs and organizations benefits more than the interest group being served. The individual who gives their time and efforts to volunteer receives, in return, invaluable experiences and compassion for his or her community creating a well-balanced and positive citizen. A large number of volunteer and service hours are registered every year according to the Corporation for National and Community Service Fact Sheet. Also, service learning, as a part of our curriculum in high schools and colleges, sets an unparalleled standard that develops truly global citizens. The facts speak for themselves.

*Research shows:

  • When young people participate in service, they are more likely to continue on a pathway of lifelong civic engagement.
  • Service learning contributes to students’ success and has a positive impact on their social behavior, habits, and attitudes.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” For this reason I have decided to pursue a career in Public Service. I know that through my desire to serve I can influence others to do the same. That is the kind of change that I want to be in the world. I have witnessed first hand while living in a third world country that if we can affect even a small difference on a local level, the change that takes place will serve as a catalyst for larger works that can have an effect on our national and international community.

*Community Service and Service Learning in America’s Schools. A Report by the Corporation for National and Community Service.