Published on April 21, 2023 in Volunteerism
Thirty-four percent of the U.S. population is under the age of 25 and more than a quarter are under 18, according to Census data.
Because these populations will pave the way for our future, we all have a vested interest in the success of every young person. Research shows that volunteering can lead to better outcomes for children, young adults and our communities. Youth who volunteer are more likely to perform better in school and work and become civically engaged adults.
During Global Volunteer Month, United Way for Southeastern Michigan is highlighting youth from our Volunteer Honor Roll who are devoted to making a difference and creating positive change within their communities. We celebrate their commitment and hope it inspires people of all ages to get involved.
Jacob Dall was diagnosed with autism at an early age, but he never let his diagnosis stop him – instead it motivated him to help others. Jacob has volunteered with Kids On The Go since 2020 – exemplifying the organization’s belief that a diagnosis does not define a person. Jacob leads classes that include Intro to Gardening, Teens to Work, Cooking Adventures and Robotics. He takes a lot of pride in serving the community and being a leader for other teens who have special needs.
“I got into volunteering at 16 when I served fish and fries during lent at my church,” Jacob said. “I love being a leader and serving my community. I’ll always be involved in volunteering,”