A group of 10 students and new professionals met on Tuesday, March 15th at the IDRF conference room to communicate their thoughts and ideas on topics related to volunteering.
The focus group was an open forum for enthusiastic young people who feel for humanitarian causes and was led by IDRF’s current intern Arsh Bains, a bright, final year International Development, undergraduate student at York University.
The discussion was based on a series of questions formulated to deduce how we can most effectively get volunteers involved, specifically for long term commitments to organizations like IDRF.
An encouraging response was given by the focus group participants, rich in motivating and inspiring ideas of how to engage youngsters in humanitarian organizations so that they gain experience and continue advocacy of charitable needs and subsequent projects.
The participants’ range included final year high school students to students completing their Masters as well as new entrants into professional fields.
IDRF is delighted that this Youth Focus initiative was held successfully and hopes that the results will bring an understanding for volunteerism and ultimately help IDRF organize advocacy and fundraising through students and new professionals.
Thank you to all the lovely young people who were part of this, and special thanks to our volunteer Arashdeep Bains for spearheading this project!