Today’s blog entry comes from Mary Hall Richards, our Media and Events Manager. As the mother of a very busy teen, she gets the opportunity to see youth in action every day. Here she shares her perspective on teens making a difference.
A theme that seems to be consistent from every generation is how the generation behind you values very little. I have even heard one person say that teenagers today know the price of everything, but the value of nothing! I, on the other hand, have a very different opinion.
In addition to the very valuable work that we as an organization do, I get the opportunity to work with several youth organizations.
As a volunteer with Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, the Hightower High School Band and the youth at my church, I get to see the other side. They know what they want and are determined to achieve it.
They all know that I work for Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, and even some of the most squeamish teens, who are not even 16 years old, have made a vow to donate blood once they are eligible. Those that have already reached 17 years of age and some level of independence are honored that they have had the opportunity to help save a life.
With their commitments to achievement in earning their bronze, silver and gold awards as a Girl Scout or earning the highest honors at UIL competition, one by one have proven that they understand what it means to Commit for Life. I have had several tell me that they signed up at the table when their school is hosting a drive. One went so far as to call me to tell me that they had just finished donating blood and how it was easier than they thought!
Their commitments are an encouragement to me. As they well know, I am committed to them, as long as they show commitment.