Portfolio Blogpost: Youth

by SO on May 15, 2014 - 11:01am

Over the course of this semester, I have written, commented, and submitted a collection of posts to Newsactivist. In this project, our final Newsactivism post, I will reflect on my news summaries, my volunteering opportunity, and the overall connection between all the work I have completed during this semester.  


My volunteering for this class will occur at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Due to the nature of the volunteer work and the occupied hospital workers, the only date the Hospital could receive us was May 16. This means that a subsequent post, uploaded on May 22, will describe our volunteering in detail as well as the overall experience in relationship with the semester’s work. 


Among my news summaries, I have tackled anything from pedophile priests, to 16,000 kilometre walks for cherished causes. All had the common topic of youth. Whether it was the inspiring 20 year old Jimmy, Malala Yousafzai, the children abused by priests, the volunteer opportunities, the exercise promo, or the organ donation article, all are posts related to youth and most importantly ways to help. Whether by raising awareness or proposing solutions, all are steps towards a brighter future for youth everywhere. 


Throughout my volunteering day at the hospital, I hope, most of all, to bring joy to the children. Subsequently, I will write a paragraph or two on how children, no matter how hard their life is, find joy in everyday activities and keep a bright smile on their faces every day. I hope to connect this experience with the book I am currently reading for the class. Hopefully my hypothesis will reveal itself to be true: that individuals, even in horrible situations, find joy in life, whether a child battling cancer, or a 12 year old girl being sold on the streets. 


Until then, remember to revisit this post for a link to the next part of this assignment (posted on May 22).


I read some of your articles throughout the semester and I believe you greatly explained many different problems related to youth, which was extremely interesting for your reader. Also, your volunteer opportunity seems wonderful, and I hope you have a great time with the children and bring them joy like you wish. Finally, I really loved your hypothesis and it is really beautiful to see that even if children have terrible problems they can still be joyful and live a happy life. Hope you enjoy your work as a volunteer!

I enjoy knowing that there are people out there who concern themselves with the future of children and how they can help those less fortunate, like the ones at Montreal’s Children Hospital. Although we, being adolescents, can still be described as the “future generation”, the children of today will eventually be the leaders and figureheads of our future. In order to insure that they can flourish, we must provide them with all the help that they deserve. Sure, it sounds like a self-interested proposal, but the children of today will fulfill the hopes of our tomorrow.

The volunteering work you’ll be doing sounds very inspiring. If you can bring happiness to some of the children in the hospital, I’m sure they will be ecstatic! I also think that it would greatly help the parents to be relieved of worrying for their child a couple of minutes. My sister works as a nurse at Ste-Justine in the infectious diseases area and she says that it’s very hard for the parents. Usually, a parent is there almost 24/7, while the other comes whenever he or she isn’t at work. I really do hope you’ll bring joy to their little hearts and fun while you’re there. I look forward on reading how your day went!

Wow, it looks like you’ll be successful in entertaining children who are struggling for treatment at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I find it very supportive and motivating.

I hate to see children being victimized and used for many illegal activities, and suffer from many different avoidable or unavoidable conditions, because the outcome, especially in the future, is, and will be, very discouraging. Why are older people so harsh on them? It’s not like they need to; they simply want to all because they want to get the cruel attention they want. Joy, at least, can come to them, and so I have to agree with your hypothesis.

Anyway, I wish you luck with your volunteering session, and hope that what you turns out to be excellent for your managers; it’s actually good for your CV if you’re looking forward to working with young people. Ciao!

The volunteering work you will do on May 22th is very interesting and meaningful. There is a lot of children that are sick and need to stay at the hospital. I am sure that they are happy to know that there are people, which do not even know them, who are happy to come and see them. At the same time, their parents will have a pause; they will be able to see their child laughing and be happy for a day. Your action is very inspiring and I always wanted to do that kind of action because I love kids. So maybe, because if your idea, I will do the same!

I really like your volunteer opportunity. I think that for sick children in hospitals who see young adults get out and help them it stick with them, and will inspire them to do the same when they get older and healthier. I work in a day camp during the summer, and the kids who enjoy being with me come up to me and tell me that if they ever become a monitor they want to be like me, so its very inspiring to hear other people helping youth and inspiring them to do great things!

I think it’s amazing that you’re not only writing about something you care about, but that you’re actually taking action as well. It’s clear that you want to make a difference for youth in our society. I look forward to hearing about your volunteering experience at the hospital, keep up the good work!! Very inspirational stuff.

I find it great that you are volunteering at the Children's hospital because it is a great place for children who need help. I have often worked very close to children with various jobs such as a camp councelor, so I know that it is very important or children to have a positive figure in their lives in their time of need. I don't know if you know this, but there is a Montreal Children's hospital Foundation to which you can donate to. I have done so many times with different organisations, and it brings joy to know that the money that you have accumulated is going to kids who need it. I hope you enjoy your volunteering experience and I look forward to reading your next post.

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