Volunteering with Teenagers

MEET SONIA SMITH-KANG: FOUNDER MIXED UP CLOTHING AND AMBASSADOR SHE SHOULD RUN

TCB: How have you instilled a giveback or socially aware mentality in your kids?

SSK; Growing up in a low socio-economic community, I was very aware of the plight around me. My mom worked 3 jobs to make ends meet and my grandparents worked well beyond retirement age. While we didn’t have very much financially, my family instilled a strong sense of gratitude for what we had and still managed to give back, even if just with our time.

I carry this with me and pass this on to my 4 children. From the moment they were born, they were integrated into a family who pretty much runs like a business in that our family has a mission and vision.

As a multiracial, multicultural and multilingual family, we are socially aware of what is happening around us. We believe in diversity and inclusivity issues and live an intentional life. We bring in products, books, movies, etc. that reflect our multicultural reality. Our children are taught to look around them and identify what is happening in our world and how we can all play a part in creating a world we would like to see.

TCB: What are some examples of ways you offer services or volunteer together with your preteen/teen kids?

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