Young People can Change the World

Jan 13, 2016  |     |   General

     One of the greatest pleasures of my job at Open Door Mission is to share with schools (elementary, middle, and high) about the Mission and to, hopefully, change misconceptions about homelessness.  I am blessed to have teachers who regularly ask me to come and share with a large variety of students.
     People often ask me, “What can young people do?”  My answer is that they can change the world, starting in their own backyard— they just need to know how and where.
     I was recently blessed to speak in Mrs. Mach’s class at Millard West High School.  They were asked to write what they learned. Here are a few quotes:

“I will not think of homeless people the same way I did before you came.”  –RI

“The thing that has shocked me the most is that the things I would think that are not so important can be someone’s most prized thing.”  –CB

“I was inspired…I plan on telling my family we need to go and help out.”  –BG

“…my thoughts have changed about homeless people…I also realize how expensive it is to live a ‘comfortable life’.”  –AP

“…made me think a lot more about being grateful for the things you have. It’s the little things that matter.”  –Anonymous

“I learned how much people in poverty struggle for essentials, the effect of poverty on children, and why it is difficult to escape poverty.”  –Anonymous

“…made me realize how important it is to give just a few hours of your day to help make someone else’s.”  –Anonymous

“…learned a lot more about the importance of Open Door Mission…I’m hoping to be able to volunteer more there to help myself and people in need.”  –JD

     Can’t wait to watch these kids change the world.

Maggie Cope
Community Relations Coordinator