Building Community Spirit with Children

Building Community Spirit with Children
We live in a time where societies are mostly living in nuclear family structures and social in-person interactions are dwindling due to technological advances. This can have numerous negative implications as many people begin to feel disconnected from their community and might feel they have nowhere to turn to when they need help. This is where community spirit comes in, and it basically is the collective efforts of people to help build a better social environment.
Building a strong sense of community spirit can help to buffer against the negative social implications and help build a positive and supportive environment for our children. They are especially vulnerable because many of them have been born right in the age of disconnectedness, and fostering community spirit can help them understand that they are part of a caring society. It however, can be quite a task to engage children due to their fleeting attention spans and constant quest for novelty.
It is important to firstly create community-bonding activities that appeal to them. In fact, many community organisations are doing exactly this in a bid to build the spirit in children. Schools regularly hold charity events when children can experience first-hand how a collective effort can help people who are in need. Charity bake sales or car-wash fundraisers are just some examples. Incorporating sports into group charity is also a great way to engage children in a fun and exciting way.
Aside from making the events interesting for the children, it is also important to educate them on the beneficial outcomes of building community spirit and helping others. Once they understand how their actions can help another person, animal or cause, they might be more motivated to believe in and uphold the community bond. Education can come in the form of interesting video documentaries, learning quest games, and even musical plays or skits. These are just some activities that will engage children while passing down crucial knowledge of the community issues around them with hopes of helping them mature into community-driven teenagers and young adults.
The creativity and innovation of children should not be underestimated. In fact, by now we should have seen sufficient evidence that children are more than capable of solving crucial issues and if given a chance can apply their intelligence in beneficial ways. Let children expand on their capabilities and come up with solutions for any community issue. Of course, supervision and guidance by adults would be required, but it’s important not to stifle the children’s ideas, or they might lose their enthusiasm for the community spirit.
One important consideration when attempting to get children’s involvement in the community is to keep the overall energy light-hearted and fun. No child will enjoy a boring, lengthy or pessimistic atmosphere when they are being asked to pitch in for the community. This can be considered one of challenges of engaging children, but it is also one that allows the community to become a supportive and positive one for children to flourish in.