In fact, youth and teen volunteering activities have been linked to major positive outcomes including improved grades, reduced substance usage, boosted self-esteem and feelings of belonging.

A strong sense of belonging to a group improves mental health by making young people feel valued and more receptive to guidance and support from a variety of community members.  Volunteering also helps foster confidence, personal responsibility, social skills and teamwork.  Positive experiences and success related to volunteering activities strengthen the desire to learn and achieve. 

Amazingly, the positive effects aren’t just short-term wellness boosts, but have been shown to lower rates of depression and anxiety and improve overall well-being and life satisfaction for years to come.

All children must be given opportunities to develop abilities for being generous. In helping others, kids (and adults) create their own proof of worthiness and learn the power of making positive contributions to the world.

Don’t we want all children to feel worthy and experience the positive value of caring for others?


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Eat Well, Be Well Nutrition Outreach Program.
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Kohl's Eat Well, Be Well Program

Blythedale Children's Hospital, through the generosity of Kohl’s Department Stores, is proud to offer Blythedale and Kohl's Eat Well, Be Well, an innovative outreach program designed to bring health and nutrition education to schools throughout Westchester and Putnam counties. Through this program, Blythedale staff members teach healthy eating habits to children by providing curricula, training and educational tools to school districts throughout the area. The program provides general nutrition guidelines to students, parents and school faculty. Blythedale Children's Hospital offers experts in nutrition and health-education to speak with local parenting groups, PTAs and school personnel.

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