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Top 10 Careers For Helping Kids

We know, we know – school’s out, so why bother thinking about what you want to be when you grow up? Well, without the stress and strain of math tests and climbing ropes in gym class, summer’s actually the perfect time to clear your mind and think about the things you’re really interested in.

For many kids helping other kids out, especially those in need, is a big passion in life. If doing things for others and giving people a hand when they need it most is right up your alley, check out our Top 10 list of careers that will let you help kids in need.

1. Youth Counselor: There are literally dozens of places for counselors to work: suicide prevention hotlines, hospitals, schools, youth centers, youth shelters, camps - the list goes on and on.

2. Social Worker: Like counseling, there are almost too many jobs to count! Here are a few: helping children with HIV/AIDS or kids who are orphaned or homeless or even becoming a child rights activist with a group like UNICEF.

3. Make A Wish Coordinator: You know the Make A Wish Foundation? The group that lets terminally ill children do something they've always wanted, for free? Imagine yourself working behind-the-scenes to help send a child with leukemia to Disney World. Go to www.wish.org for more inspiration.

4. Director of a YMCA Program: If you played YMCA tee-ball when you were a kid, you might remember the adults who played with you. From helping with registration to being a coach, hundreds of people get involved in YMCA programs for kids.

5. Youth Correspondent: Ever watch MTV? How about becoming a youth reporter and covering a wide range of stories and topics - everything from teens and drug addiction to computer hacking. You'll be an advocate for kid-related issues.

6. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA): These volunteers are paired up with abused and neglected children by a judge and advocate for that child until they find a safe, stable and permanent home. Go to www.nationalcasa.org for more information.

7. 4-H Council Director: 4-H's motto is "to make the best better," and you can help by coordinating projects with youth. 4-H projects are designed to help the community while allowing teens to develop leadership skills for the future.

8. Site Producer for a Teen Website: Oversee the creation of a website for kids, tweens and teens and work with a bunch of other motivated people who really care about helping youth make a difference for their own generation.

9. Team Sports Director: The YMCA isn't the only game in town if you're looking to help out with youth sports programs. Anything from Pop Warner football to volunteering to help on a middle or high school tennis team are possibilities for people who want to help develop leadership and sportsmanship skills in kids.

10. Teacher: If you're really committed to making a difference in kids' lives, then give some serious thought to going into education. You can save time and money on your education by attending a University program to become a teacher. Even though teachers don't get the credit they deserve, the impact they make is enormous. Everyone can probably recall at least one special teacher who made a difference in his or her life.

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astucieuse331 posted in Friends:
I've always felt the same way. My one best friend gossiped behind my back, used me, all that girl stuff. She took me for advantage and we had a bunch of fights because of her finding a new friend and completely acting as if I didn't exist, and I told her to give me at least some attention every once in a while if she can't even continue to talk to me daily. And.. I lost her. Well, she lost me. We both lost each other. But then I realized.. it's the people that you least expect to be nice to you you'll find kindness in. Why? Based on personal experience, and I'll tell you the story: For my gym class, me and my peers were supposed to make a group for a dance. This was when my best friend had found a new friend already, and the time at which we had a few fights because of that. Of course, I relied on my best friend to count me in her dance group. At lunchtime, I sat together with my best friend, and we ate our lunches in silence. All of a sudden, I brought up the dance groups and asked her straightforwardly: "Can I join your group?" No reply. "Kelly, can I join your group?" No reply. "I mean, since our class is uneven, I found it fair that there'd be a group of five, you know?" None at all. Kelly ignored me straight off the bat, leaving me speechless. My mind raced with thoughts, and I thought, maybe it's not worth having Kelly as a friend. A few days later, we were playing Dodgeball for gym. I was on Kelly's team, and overheard her talking with her new friends about who to pick for the dance group. One of her friends mentioned me, and Kelly said: "Oh no, we shouldn't pick her because _____ (I don't know what she said then)." I was shocked, but was anticipating it, so when the time came to choose groups, I saw my friend, Luke, ask two girls, Cher and Bridgette, to join their group. Surprisingly, Cher and Bridgette actually accepted him, and so I thought, "Wow, if they accepted Luke, they might accept me aswell!" and so built up the courage to ask them if I could join. Even though Cher and Bridgette were mean to me sometimes, I knew that I had to risk it and see what'd happen. Afterall, rejection is just another opportunity to find a better group. Little did I know, it'd be the best choice of my life. They were so happy, and even thanked me for joining them! I was speechless once more; I never knew that the peers that I thought I would never be friends with would actually be my friends!  So yeah, that's what I learnt, and I never regretted learning that fact. Ever since then, though, I've learnt not to trust people as much as I used to anymore. I learnt that independency is what works for me, what I was meant for in terms of socializing or working. But, other things may work for you. If you still want a friend, you can be independent and wait for the right person. However, if you still want a real friend, you can wait, but still mingle (hang out) with other people! I I'm not going to make fun of you because I know how you've felt, just as I stated in my past problem before. But you can move on from those friends, they're not worth your time and certainly don't deserve you as a friend. Trust me, if it's meant to be, you'll definitely find a true friend. But if it's not, you may become like me, finding happiness in my own way. I want to remind you though-- you don't need someone to stay happy, or keep you company. This may sound silly, but you can even have your own invisible friends! I've had one, but that's very rarely for me. It's not silly though if you see the general idea; usually these friends are made from different dimensions of your personality or just because of will. There's a lot more fish in the sea, though, so I'm sure you'll find a true friend that's meant for you  :) Take care, and I hope you'll find a true friend soon!
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ts01
ts01 posted in Friends:
im so sorry you girls feel that way.true friends are there, its just easier to find users because they are more plentiful. dont give up, you will find real friends eventually
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lolflowergirl posted in Friends:
i feel alone too
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kayme123
kayme123 posted in Friends:
i know the feeling. but i got taken off a website instead of my friends. i can assure you they probably feel the same and are missing you, BUT its not worth dwelling over it. friends come and go without any choice in life and trust me, i lost the love of my life and my two of the best friends in the world. The thing is, you have to move on, because they wouldent want you feeling sad over them right? they'd want you to be the happy person you were when you were with them! for starters, i'll be your friend so your not scared to make some new ones. To be honest, i went through the exact same thing as you did and it DOES hurt very bad. But once you find some people that are willing to make you feel better, you know you've chosen the right friends again
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Irene_love
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"1.am.3m0" wrote:Hey. Im also turning 15 soon. So dont worry you arent alone hahah. Start dressing for your shape and also find whats comfortable.  Because if you wear something that is uncomfortable you wont be happy and happiness is the best look :) Most of the time I wear jeans with a graphic tshirt or singlet and a cardigan or light jacket. Hoodies are great for winter. And I wear combat boots like doc martins and converse. Hope I helped somehow! :)
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