So you want to be an uncle but haven’t been blessed with a niece or nephew yet? We’ve got you covered. There are so many places you can volunteer to get some practice time in as an uncle while you wait for new family members to arrive (or find some new family too!).
Boy Scouts is the largest scouting organization in the US and has lots of opportunities to connect with kids and enhance your leadership skills. Participants are broken up into groups called packs and this is your chance to be leader of the pack! The program is designed for boys in grades 1-5. There are currently 1.3 million Cub Scouts and 395,000 adult volunteers in the United States. Scouting teaches valuable life skills, and so do uncles. It’s a match made in heaven!
Junior Achievement’s “volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential.” This is a great way to use your work and business experience to get the next generation excited about the professional world that awaits them. Being an uncle is about showing your little buddies that they can be anything they set their mind to, and this is a great way to do that.
“For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give a Little the invaluable gift of your friendship. By simply changing their perspective of what the world can offer, you can literally start changing their life.” How fun does that sound? A big part of being an uncle is just showing up consistently and being there for your person. So many kids don’t have a strong male role model in their life (or even a consistent adult.) You can give back by being a big brother and make life better for a little kid who needs someone.
Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America are great ways to give back to the community and get some uncle time in today! Which organization will you choose?