Volunteering goes for a song in Jakarta
26 February 2011
The 30-year-old star of the popular Disney franchise visited Indonesia on 21-22 February as part of a world tour to promote the International Year of Youth.
As a UN Youth Champion, Ms. Coleman was raising awareness on youth issues, encouraging young people to foster progress in their communities, and urging the international community to take responsibility on youth issues.
To encourage youth engagement in volunteer and community service activities, Ms. Coleman volunteered as a music and acting teacher for disadvantaged children. Sponsored by the Symphony Orchestra of Venice, Jakarta’s Pondok Taruna orphanage holds weekly music therapy classes to contribute to youth emotional development.
“This is one of the most inspiring experiences,” said Monique Coleman. “Being able to volunteer by sharing my passion for music is a pleasure combined with strong sense of being of service.”
Ms. Coleman also visited one of Jakarta’s schools to speak to more than 500 students about the role of volunteering in service to others. Asked about her motivation to volunteer, she said: “Volunteering is the single most rewarding thing one can do. This year we mark the International Year of Youth and the International Year of Volunteers +10, and this is a unique chance for us to recognize the work of young volunteers and to get involved.”
Throughout the year, Ms. Coleman is traveling the globe to shine a light on the most pressing issues facing today’s youth. Using her online talk show Gimme Mo’ as a platform, she is connecting youth worldwide to urge bridge-building across cultures, religions and generations.
The International Year of Youth was launched on 12 August 2010 and runs through 11 August 2011. Youth, defined by the United Nations as people between the ages of 15 to 24, represent 18 per cent of the world’s population, or 1.2 billion people.
See also this article in the Jakarta Globe (click here).