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Youth Volunteering


Name: Joseph Smyth
Age: 20
Joseph Smyth
What inspired you to get involved?
I felt inspired to volunteer after receiving skills and experiences that will stay with me throughout my life as I thought I could put them to good use. I began volunteering in December of 2009 and am currently involved with Headliners where I volunteer at least once a week. I have achieved my 200 Hour Award of Excellence and am very proud of doing so.
What does your volunteering involve?
Within my volunteering role, I help facilitate group discussions and projects as well as carrying out general maintenance in the office.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
I believe that patience is vital within my volunteering role as it is needed when dealing with any kind of young person. Communication skills are also necessary as I constantly deal with the general public.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
The best part of volunteering for me personally would be meeting all the new people and getting the opportunity to try new things.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer because if it isnít at least fun and a great experience, it will always look good to an employer and will leave you with learning experiences that will last you a lifetime. My advice would be to have plenty of patience and to enjoy every moment.