Community Service Socials
How the socials work: Chat with 3 or 4 youth while helping them with a project that helps others. We have two main objectives for these service project socials:
- Allow youth to practice Empathy – the youth to learn about others-in-need and then are able to do something to support and encourage them
- AND for the youth to spend some quality chatting time with good adult role models.
We always make sure that the youth get to see follow-up photos of the smiles that they have put on the faces of those whom they make gifts and cards for.
6:00 – 8:30PM
Psychologists say, ‘focus within and become depressed, focus on others and we are lifted as we lift them’. This has been very true for the kids at Echo Glen. Many have never had the opportunity to help others and to be able to do so has been life transforming. After an outreach, one 14 year old Echo Glen youth said, “I used to think the world revolved around me. But after … and seeing the smile I put on the face of that Bolivian orphan, I realized I am happiest when I am helping others.”
During one social, a staff member commented, “I have never seen many of these boys behaving in such a sensitive way. Some of the really hard-to-reach kids are writing things like “We love you” and “God Bless you” on their shirts and cards”.
Brief video of Gifts Being Received by Orphans in Uganda