One of the most powerful gifts we can give youth is the chance to make a difference in any community they found themselves. I learned that in an unexpected way many years ago when I started volunteering for different organizations across the globe.

In my blog post, I will be sharing some of the best ways to volunteer innovatively and be more responsibly with been a global leader.

Research has shown that young people are a driving force for a sustainable future. Their energy and creativity are key in building a better future, and they are often the first to come up with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. Yet millions of youth are affected by different challenges and are unable to fulfill their potential. The world’s youth need learning process and opportunity where they can participate, express their views and exercise their rights.

Volunteering allows youth to get involved with new things and develop technical, social, and academic skills that couldn’t be learned in a classroom environment. Whether you’re helping at your local library or tutoring underprivileged kids, volunteering allows you to experience different environments and situations.

No matter the age, building relationships with people is crucial. Not only does the volunteer work we do as a youth show who we are as a person, but it reflects many positive character traits that potential organizations want to see. Volunteering allows youth to meet a wide variety of people from all sorts of walks of life. Networking is an amazing benefit of volunteering, and youth learn professional skills and have access to a breadth of knowledge from their co-volunteers.

Volunteering isn’t one of the plushest, easy, or glamorous jobs, but it is one of the most beneficial and uplifting. While no monetary compensation is received, many will tell you that their work and experiences gained as a volunteer were worth way more than any money they could have gotten from another line of work.

Innovative volunteerism work gives youths opportunities to test out the desired career path which Atlas Corps is offering to hundreds of global leaders. Concurrently, it gives more youth an edge on their resume. Getting involved in an organization that shares similar ideas and interests is an important step for youths. Volunteering is an excellent gateway to the workforce.

By gaining new experiences and creating new connections, volunteers can better visualize themselves in that field and explore the daunting question: can I see myself doing this for life? And, even if the organization you do get involved with has nothing to do with your intended career path, it might end up surprising you. So, take a chance by getting outside of the beloved comfort zone through volunteer work.

When it comes to volunteering, passion and positivity are the only requirements. While learning new skills can be beneficial to many, it’s not a requirement for fulfilling volunteer experience. Bear in mind that the most valuable assets you can bring to any volunteer effort are compassion, an open mind, a willingness to pitch in wherever needed, and a positive attitude.

You will have a richer and more enjoyable volunteering experience if they first take some time to identify their goals and interests. Think about why you want to volunteer. What would you enjoy doing? The opportunities that match both your goals and your interests are most likely to be fun and fulfilling.

Take a step and apply for what you think is your passion. Atlas Corps fellowship is a platform that will give you all this great opportunity. You can still apply to be one of the global citizens using this link I am an Atlas Corps fellow and am from Class 33 serving with Creating IT Future a nonprofit organization of CompTIA. Come join other fellows to build a sustainable future we want to see across the globe.