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The Importance of Youth Recreation




In the future, the children that are here now will have a heavy influence and contribution to our society. Honing the skills and elements that promote the development of children is important. The benefits of youth recreation activities are a fundamental factor, as they give children new experiences, are engaging, and help them develop a healthy lifestyle.  


To this day some of my fondest memories as a child are the activities that I would do in a group setting. Activities that I would actively participate in are: summer camps, neighborhood block parties, street fairs, and sports. One program that built me into the man I am today is called Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Not only did the CAP cadet program shape my character, but it also taught me about leadership, fitness, and aerospace. Many aspects of my life stem from this program. If I was not a part of CAP, the person I transformed into would be vastly different. 


Although providing opportunities for youth recreation is important for all ages, it is especially important during their formative years from 0 to 8 years old. This is because the brain develops the fastest during these years. What happens during this time can impact the mental development of a child significantly. Just like how exposure to a negative factor can be detrimental, having one positive encounter can make all the difference in how someone matures. 



Empowering the youth with experiences that build character and boost confidence is meaningful to the soul. Recreation, particularly in nature, helps the brain destress and encourages the release of chemicals and endorphins that stimulate us cognitively. The events and activities that are a part of childhood influence future occupations, emotions, and social and mental health. The saying, “Find your inner child”, can make all the difference in how life, in general, is looked at. 


I have been serving for the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation for around a month now. As a Youth Recreation Leader, I have had many opportunities to connect with my inner child. Recollecting my childhood memories has come hand in hand with that. The services my colleagues and I provide, such as monthly Junior Naturalist Programs and classroom curriculum with park-based field trips, give us a chance to support the youth and impact their lives. 



We in the Student Stewards Program help provide the youth with knowledge, abilities, and skills to strengthen their confidence and help them discover who they are. The kids in our programs come from diverse backgrounds; typically half of our school break campers are on needs-based scholarships. Every child is treated equally and has the opportunity to come together with their peers in the community while connecting with the natural world around them.


Getting involved with volunteering and mentoring in organizations that are for children pays more than any dollar value. You have the chance to make a difference for generations to come. My last question and task for you is: When was the last time you found your inner child? Go find it and maybe you could also help a child find theirs as well!


 

About the Author



Nyaabila is a Youth Recreation Leader for the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Working with kids has always been a passion. He is excited to serve for TMPF through AmeriCorps. For around 10 years he has been coaching and refereeing youth basketball. In the Spring he will graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a double major in Sociology and Psychology. Nyaabila is Battle Born. Throughout his life, he’s lived in Nevada, Canada, Washington, California, and two years overseas. He highly enjoys traveling, the outdoors, flying drones, and playing basketball in his spare time.

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So true-getting kids out in nature is so important. Thanks for the article!

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