Every child, youth, and young adult contributes to the community.
Children, youth, and young adults contribute to the community in a positive way.
As we have not yet launched Outcome Team Six, we have not yet had the opportunity to create an asset map detailing the programs and services available here in Brown County related to volunteerism, community service, and contributing to our community in a positive way. Local data will be gathered and reviewed by the team, once it is formed.
That said, state and national data give us a place to start.
Highlight: we are fortunate to be part of a state that has a tradition of helping one another and giving back.
In fact, volunteeringinamerica.gov found that volunteering statistics in Wisconsin from 2013 show that:
- 35.1% of residents volunteer, ranking WI 5th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.
- 1.61 million volunteers 163.8 million hours of service
- $3.7 billion of service contributed 35.9 volunteer hours per capita
- 74.4% of residents engage in “informal volunteering” (for example, doing favors for neighbors)
– See more at: http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/WI#sthash.uOxxdMIo.dpuf.
One of our local organizations dedicated to help others give back to the community is The Volunteer Center of Brown County. Anyone looking for a volunteer opportunity needs only to contact them to be matched to a volunteer opportunity that aligns with their interests, talents, and time available.
Their vision is, “… to mobilize people and resources to deliver creative solutions to serious community needs. To achieve this vision, the center connects people of all ages with opportunities to serve, builds the capacity for effective volunteering, promotes volunteerism generally, and participates in strategic initiatives that mobilize volunteers to meet local community need.”
For more information on The Volunteer Center of Brown County, please visit their website at http://www.volunteergb.org/.
Challenge: secondary students and young adults avoidance of behavioral risk factors.
- Use of nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs
- Poor nutrition
- Distracted driving
- Limited exercise
- Unsafe sexual activity
Healthypeople.gov/2020 tells us, “Because they are in developmental transition, adolescents and young adults are particularly sensitive to environmental—that is, contextual or surrounding—influences. Environmental factors, including family, peer group, school, neighborhood, policies, and societal cues, can either support or challenge young people’s health and well-being. Addressing the positive development of young people facilitates their adoption of healthy behaviors and helps to ensure a healthy and productive future adult population.” For more information, see http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/Adolescent-Health