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Youth Volunteering

Name: Taylor Johnston
Age: 18
Taylor Johnston
What inspired you to get involved?
I began volunteering in 2009 and am now a volunteer at YMCA Bangor. I achieved my 200 hours in 2010 and continue to volunteer 4 hours a week. I started helping out by going to extra nights in my youth club and from there I got involved in my local area bringing the younger generation off the streets. I just felt like it was a normal thing to do and I was meant to be there.
What does your volunteering involve?
I look after a group of teen boys who are all very loud and enjoy having fun. I am there to help them learn and enjoy their night with us safely.
What skills or qualities are required for your volunteering role?
I believe that you need to have a lot of time and effort to give as the lads can be challenging at times, I always remain calm and enjoy my time with them. You also need to know how to have fun with them and joke around as that’s the best way of interacting with them.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering and what has been your highlight?
The highlight for me is working with the same leaders that worked with me as a young person and being able to watch the boys grow up and develop into young adults is very rewarding. I believe that the opportunities I have been given are life changing.
Why would you encourage others to become a Millennium Volunteer and what advice would you give them?
I would definitely encourage others to become a millennium volunteer as you learn a lot about yourself. I started volunteering because I enjoy it and also believe you should get rewarded for your hard work. You should also do it because you love to and not because you have been forced to as there are so many options to choose from, there’s something for everyone.