Global Youth Service Day

For Global Youth Service Day, the girls and I participated in a couple projects. First, the girls earned their Global Action Patch in Girl Scouts for learning about our local food issues in Richmond and how a local urban farm is trying to be a part of the solution. They made insect hotels to donate to the farm as a way to “think globally and act locally.”

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Then, Hannah, Jamilah, another Girl Scout sister, and I participated in a fun “Day of Play” at the local Children’s Museum. We used to visit this museum frequently when the older children were little but experienced illness so often after visits that we gave it up for years. The museum has grown so much and seems like so much fun that I am tempted to try again with Isa, insha Allah.
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Anyway, the morning got off to a slow start as not many children showed up to play. It was a gorgeous Saturday, so I am sure that has something to do with it. Jamilah got more “customers” for face painting than Hannah and I did in the art studio. We ended up helping made tissue paper flowers to decorate a display after I found instructions online.

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Everyone was given a cool T shirt as well.

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At the end of the program, the coordinator offered the girls an opportunity to volunteer again. I asked if they had to be 14 yrs. Old without an adult or if they could volunteer without me. She explained that since they had done such a good job, they could come without me. They had a ball and would happily try it again.

2 responses to “Global Youth Service Day

  1. Assalamualaykum,
    the children’s museum looks lovely maashAllah. A great environment to volunteer in.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummrashid,

      It is a great place to volunteer. We saw another sister their who is a high schooler. I think she might be a junior intern. I never realized how much the museum depended on volunteers to operate. There is no federal or state funding. It was founded by a group of volunteers. It is truly a grass roots organization.

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