“I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I want to help people. I want to be that person who stands outside the school and makes it safe for people to cross the street.”
We love to talk to our youth about what they want to do with their lives. Not just careers they are interested in, but who they want to be, how they want to be remembered, how they want the world to know them.
Usually, when we talk with kids about what they think they will be like when they are older they dream of fancy jobs and a lot of wealth. They want to be leaders and influencers in their communities. They want to be known as excellent in their fields, successful, good friends, and able to support their families.
Sometimes we get answers we would never expect, like being a crossing guard, and all we can do is be proud that what one youth sees as one of the most helpful ways to serve her community is something that she could be a part of someday.