An important aspect of treatment is learning to care for and serve others. High-risk youth entering treatment for substance use are exposed to many opportunities to provide service and learn something about themselves.
A wonderful international opportunity for service is Global Youth Service Day. Teens at Phoenix House Academy in Los Angeles celebrated the day on 26 April. Community Service Coordinator, Claudine Magsino described the event as an opportunity for “hard work, purpose, and getting lost in something of value to themselves and to the community.” Teens went out to the community to work for environmental and animal welfare organizations, including Heal the Bay, the Saffyre Sanctuary for rescued horses, the Gentle Barn, which cares for abused and neglected animals, and the Animal Welfare Foundation, which helps homeless and injured dogs.
Presentations at the event included keynote addresses by community guests, including Gentle Barn founder Ellie Laks-Weiner, who described the organization’s early history. She encouraged teens to volunteer and help others: “We are all here for two reasons: to remember who we are, and to live our dreams. When we embrace those two things, life rushes into support us. I wish that for all of us!” Esta Saffyre, Josie Zarate, and Sgt. Lawrence Martinez also contributed to the event, teaching teens that service is fun.
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