Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” meaning that we are truly defined by what we give and help the community with. Social inequalities persist and people struggle in different ways. Acknowledging the imperfections in society conveys a sense of empathy and the urge to act.
We show our support to each other not only by giving reassuring words or making promises that things will change for the better but also by being involved; involved through volunteering. Maybe we need to reflect and imagine how it feels to be in a situation that can only be overcome with the help of others. That way we will never ever underestimate the smallest acts of kindness that can change many people’s lives.
There is an estimated number of 970 million people volunteering in the world, individually or engaging with NGOs on the local and global level. In fact, there are many ways to be involved and be in the service of others like feeding the homeless, joining a cleaning campaign or fundraising for a social cause, etc. Nevertheless, if you can’t volunteer in person, you can just do it online by becoming a United Nations online volunteer and help different NGOs by writing, editing, or translating documents and put your skills to use in other areas.
Volunteering is a way to spread positivity and hope in communities. It is the key to leadership, and to giving a sense of integrity when working with others with whom we share the goal of making a difference through good deeds. Therefore we need each other in times of crisis, we need to be in solidarity in a commitment for the pursuit of the common good.
The Word Youth Alliance provides youth with the opportunity to understand solidarity and its basis in the Certified Training Program (CTP). WYA’s Certified Training Program (CTP), formerly known as Track A, is the collection of texts that provide the philosophical underpinnings for the mission of WYA. It presents a summary of philosophical, historical, and modern-day texts that focus on the dignity of the person and human rights. Those who complete the CTP are equipped to articulate and defend the principles of the dignity of the person within the public square. The program is free and is open to all members of the World Youth Alliance. It is a pre-requisite for participation in many of the programs of WYA (internships, specialized conferences, advocacy work).
Certified Members can become trainers through the Training of Trainers program that will allow them to engage with people from different backgrounds, and conduct the CTP in their own communities.
Volunteering cannot be a one-time act, it must be “sustainable”, a practiced value among the youth and the elderly, manifesting the responsibility of all to go ahead and collaborate. To learn more, you can visit wya.net.
Published: February 17, 2021
Written by Houyem Ghediri, WYA MENA Regional Intern 2021, Batch 1.