How to be a Friend of Children and Youth
- Be a role model. Children are watching you. They will learn from what you do, not what you say.
- Reach out to a child. A smile or a word of encouragement can mean a lot, whether it comes from a parent or a passing stranger.
- Reach out to a parent. Remember that all parents, rich and poor, want the same things for their children--a home, education, and a chance to succeed.
- Keep an eye on local and national policy decisions that affect children. Find out who's for kids and who's just kidding, and elect officials who put caring into action.
- Encourage parents and other people who care about kids to register and vote. Set up voter registration booths in schools, day care centers, clinics, wherever people gather.
- Make your neighborhood an extended family. Organize a block party, a family clean-up day, or a neighborhood watch. Be sure to include people of all ages.
- Write letters to the editor applauding people who help children and families. Blow the whistle on those who hurt them.
- Make your workplace family friendly. Form a parents' support group; campaign for onsite day care; promote corporate contributions to your community schools and recreation programs.
- Volunteer. Child welfare agencies, churches and temples, schools, recreation centers, children's hospitals, and other organizations need capable, caring adults to work with children.
- Write a check. CWLA and America's children need your support.
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