LEAVING the gates of high school for the real world shouldn't be a scary prospect for school leavers but rather an opportunity to create a sense of future.
But, did you know that HSC students who become involved in community activities find it easier to transition from adolescence into adulthood?
Being involved in the community can help reduce age and population barriers and increase a young person's self worth, responsibility and sense of belonging.
One of the easiest ways of getting involved in the community is to become a volunteer.
Volunteering for something you are passionate about not only makes an impact on the community but it can further your skills and career opportunities. The Australian Red Cross organisation suggests it also increases your employability as future employers will look favourably on your dedication.
Volunteering is all about helping others and having an impact on people's wellbeing.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2008 study in Australian Social Trends found 5.2 million people aged 18 years and over participated in voluntary work at least once in the previous 12 months.
The type of organisations in which youths became involved in were sports and recreation, education and training, children and youth, environmental welfare and emergency services.
● Details: Visit www.youthvolunteering.com.au for more information and tips on how to become a volunteer in your local area.