Paula’s post connected with a bunch of different things I’ve had on my mind lately, including the way in which we approach service at home and in schools. Initially, I was most curious about how we might better inspire kids to serve by helping them define their interests and connect them to actions that allow them to give back in some way. Then Chad Ratliff shared Renjie Butalid’s work on Twitter, and it shifted my perspective quite a bit. Maybe it’s not enough to simply focus on passion-based service. Maybe we have to help kids think deeply about the best ways to take action, so that their efforts are maximized. Quite a few implications for how we might approach this work as individuals and with students in that piece.


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