Connecting with the Disconnected: Youth Can Be Empowered Through Volunteering and Service

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Young people who participate in ServiceWorks — “Service Scholars” — across the United States come from different backgrounds, ethnicities and face different types of challenges. But despite all the differences these 16- to 24-year-olds may have, they are also share many similarities — starting with the desire to better themselves and their community.

So when I traveled to Detroit in late June to team up with other ServiceWorks VISTAs from around the country in hopes of bringing our message and teachings to a new city and a new group of young people, we weren’t quite sure what to expect.

What does a ServiceWorks Skill-Building Bootcamp Look Like? See for yourself…