Communities play a vital role in supporting youth programs. When community members work together, they create a network of resources that promote growth and development among young people. They provide funding, volunteer, and create partnerships with organizations that provide youth services. Additionally, they help spread awareness by planning and participating in events for young people.
Why is it so important for communities to support youth programs? “The children are our future” is a good answer, but we can expand on that. Youth programs help children, tweens and teens build confidence, positive values, and a sense of identity. They also create bonds that last a lifetime. But no one person can give youth programs the support they need. It takes a collective effort that includes leaders, organizers, residents, and local businesses.
How Communities Work Together to Support Youth Programs
Leaders Spread the Word
Leaders have the power to create change in their communities. With their platform, they can express support and spread the word about youth programs. Once more people are aware of the program, a domino effect occurs. In time, community members speak up and express interest in supporting the program by contributing their talents.
Organizers Plan Events
Are you the person in your friend group who loves to plan get-togethers? Do people come to you for planning advice? If this is the case, you’d be a great organizer! Maybe you’re already an activist, or you’ve had experience planning community events. You probably use your social media accounts or friend networks to crowd-fund and spread awareness. Organizers build trust in their communities and encourage support for youth programs on a grassroots level.
Communities rely on local residents to support youth programs. These programs can’t uphold their mission without the participation of individuals in the community. While leaders and organizers plan and spread awareness, individual people bring the program’s goals to life. They do this by attending events, receiving services offered by the program, and sharing those experiences with friends and family.
Businesses Sponsor Youth Programs
Typically, local businesses do their part to support youth programs through sponsorships. When companies sponsor an event, they lend their support and promote their business at the same time. For instance, a local café might provide food at an event to support the cause and market their cuisine. Participants get to share a meal at the event, and the business might receive an uptick in customers as a result. Essentially, youth programs and local businesses work hand in hand by means of mutually beneficial partnerships.
How to Support MissionFit’s Rise Up & Ride Out Event
If you’re looking for a way to support youth programs in Baltimore, our Race to Rise Up and Ride Out event is a great opportunity! RURO is set to take place on May 21st from 12-4 p.m. Through a city-wide bike scavenger hunt, we want to get residents moving in Baltimore. At various checkpoints, you’ll have the chance to participate in fitness and/or brain challenges and win points. Winners will receive prizes donated by locally owned businesses in Baltimore. This is a family-friendly event, and anyone can participate!
- Residents, organizers, businesses and leaders can support free summer programming for youth ages 13-18
- Businesses can encourage employees to participate and uplift company morale AND/OR enjoy increased traffic by being a Community Sponsor or Checkpoint
- Anyone who participates can help to build long-lasting community connections
Strengthen Baltimore’s Youth with MissionFit!
At MissionFit, we recognize the fact that community, family, and healthy social relationships are essential to setting goals. We are highly dedicated to strengthening Baltimore youth through classes and an open gym. It’s our goal to encourage positive traits, like respect and teamwork, and provide children with a place to gain self-confidence and enjoy some exercise. To learn more about our classes or donate to support our mission, visit our website. We’re making health a possibility and a priority for Baltimore’s youth and helping to foster more black leaders from Baltimore. If you want to support youth programs in Baltimore, here are two easy ways to do so through MissionFit:
- Donate here if you believe community, family, and relationships impact health!
- You can put your online shopping to good use by donating a percentage of your purchase with AmazonSmile! To get started, sign in here, search for “MissionFit” and select us as your charity of choice.