Many of the extra-curricular activities that school-age children are involved in often provide opportunities to develop leadership skills, including organized sports, dance, theater, camping, fishing, and martial arts. Many of these sports and activities help encourage teamwork and self-reliance, qualities of a good leader.
Community service activities are a great way to promote leadership qualities and give children the opportunity to share their leadership skills with the rest of the community.
Community service can help children build confidence and teach them the rewards of giving to others.
Arrange for opportunities to take the children in your care to help and volunteer. Be sure that you have addressed any safety concerns with the volunteer site.
These can be tried out as part of the community service:
*Animal shelters: Ask the child to collect food, blankets and toys for the animals
*Charity shops: The child can collect and donate old clothes and toys
*Senior centers: The child may visit the seniors, eat lunch with them, read with them
*Community clean up: The child can pick up trash or rake leaves