Meaningful Gifts For Kwanzaa

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The 3rd Day: Collective Work and Responsibility

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Give the gift of your time. While the need for volunteers for the holiday season starts in early December, there is always a great need for people to help others. Helping out at a religious or spiritual institution, a mission or a food bank is a way to help others, and to spread holiday cheer. As Kwanzaa is centered on embracing and enhancing community spirit, today is also a great day to research what community organizations in your neighbourhood are focused on helping others in the black community, such as youth centers or a mentorship program, such as :

Mentor Peer Resources has an extensive list of mentor programs across North America where people can volunteer their time to help youth from various ethno-cultural and social backgrounds.

Based out of Chicago, The Black Youth Project “explores the attitudes, actions, and decision making of black youth by Including their lives, ideas, and voices.” On their “action” page, they provide a list of initiatives where people can participate in the project.

Advocates for Youth provides information on a number of programs directed towards education youth on health issues, most notably, Young Women of Color Leadership Council, which promotes HIV prevention in at-risk communities across North America.

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