One way to honor the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is to reflect on this quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?” Perhaps that will mean:
- Reaching out to a detention center, shelter care facility, or residential treatment facility with an offer to act as a tutor, teach crafts, assist with a boy scout or girl scout troop, donate sports equipment, and many other ways to support children removed from their home.
- Exploring becoming a court appointed special advocate to represent the best interest of abused and neglected children in juvenile court.
- Reaching out to the local schools to be a “study buddy” for children who are struggling academically and who may need adult support. An example of one program is here.
- Participating in one of the MLK Day of Service Projects.
- Reaching out to Indiana Department of Child Services to find out how to provide support for foster youth or become a foster parent.Getting involved in the legislative process to change the CHINS and juvenile justice system to provide better outcomes for children.
- Coordinating a lecture at a local middle school or high school about the juvenile justice system and careers in juvenile and criminal justice.
- Knitting, crocheting, or sewing blankets for hospitalized children. For instance, new blankets can be dropped off at the entrance to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Indianapolis. Wish list items are available here for St. Vincent’s or here for Riley’s Children’s Hospital.
- So many other ideas…