How can teenagers develop self-esteem? What are alternatives to drug or alcohol abuse and other adolescent traps? The four volunteer groups profiled in "4 II Do: Kids Getting Involved" focus on "the other things that teenagers are doing" by becoming involved in programs that strengthen their sense of responsibility and self-worth. Whether kids are answering an emergency call to Ellington Rescue 512 or delivering hot meals to the homeless with Trevor's Campaign in downtown Philadelphia, their focus is on giving back something to their communities. Throughout the program, the volunteers talk about the positive impact this community involvement has had on their own lives. Some feel newly empowered by their responsibilities; others have noticed a dramatic improvement in their grades. All feel a sense of commitment. As one student says, "Anyone can get involved in a group. As long as you do something positive, you can go from there."
A positive message for social studies, life-skills and guidance classes; social service and civic organizations; substance-abuse treatment programs; and public libraries. Produced by Kinocraft. An MTI release.
Grade Levels: 5 to 10