A Child's Community

Jazmín MontielMay 10, 2021Life and Death

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King

A community is defined as a “feeling of fellowship with others, as an outcome of sharing common attitudes, interests, mindset, and goals.” For young children, a sense of community brings connection both to their surroundings and the individuals in those surroundings — further connecting them to their particular place in the world.

My community views young children as the new generation, the new society, who in the future will lead and influence those who are part of the community, creating new ideas and progress along with the guidance of those in leadership. This perspective establishes a sense of cohesion within a society, in hopes of a better place, where they can feel they belong, connect, and benefit.

On the other hand, how does my community treat young children? In my perspective, my community treats young children as a mold, where they are capable of perceiving, behaving, and being influenced by those in leadership. Partnerships allow children to see important people in their lives working well together while promoting a sense of community. The creation of a local community in young childhood becomes the supportive, positive, uplifting foundation of a child's life. It benefits them to learn about themselves. It helps them learn how to tackle challenges, build knowledge, and thrive in a community, thus impacting, along with many other forms of development, a child’s experiences in a healthy and social manner.

The importance of a family is included in the development of a child in a community; families are capable of comprehending their child's strengths, personality, character, and behaviors quite well. This opens doors for families and communities to work in sync with each other; in ways such as exchanging information and focusing on meeting each individual's needs and supporting their development. This creates a network where they are able to learn and expand their community, so later they reach out to get help, boost their confidence, and create strong connections.

Jazmín Montiel is a 15-year-old from Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay. She enjoys writing and scouting.