One of the most profound ways to empower others is to put them in a place of leadership. When you allow someone to help you, that helperperson influences and shapes your life. In turn, their life grows as they realize this ability to change the lives of others in a positive way.
Princeton University sends all of the incoming freshman on a week long community service experience in small groups of about ten. Many of the groups provide traditional service experiences such as helping build, repair, serve food, clean, and so on. One of these groups did not provideas much as they received at the Trenton Circus Squad in Trenton, NJ.
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We provide training in circus skills free of charge to Trenton area youth age 6+. Squad Members aged 12+ serve their community through teaching and performing, at the Wire Works and across our community. Trenton Circus Squad empowers low-income and at-risk teens and younger children to make a difference, in their own lives and those of others. We use circus arts as a vehicle to bring diverse youth together to cooperate, challenge themselves and serve their community through performing and teaching.
When considering community service or charitable work, we often think of providing a service and we rarely think of receiving one. It’s a powerful concept and practice that works in profound ways. And, it’s an underutilized modality of service work because it requires a bit more planning and organizational structure. It’s a phenomenal template that benefits all involved. And you can replicate it.
Whether at home or in your charitable endeavor, consider empowering others by letting them teach you something. You’ll learn a thing or two, and your teacher will experience the pride and joy of helping and influencing other lives in a positive way – now that is Empowering.