Many of our students have developed a myopic view of their “world.” Providing service to others helps expand their views and perspective of the world around them. There is incredible psychological power in offering help and service to others. Volunteering helps remind us about the importance of looking outside of ourselves and giving back to those in need.
Volunteering is a significant component of our program. Solstice students participate in community service each week. Some of the organizations we work with include: The Green Urban Lunch Box, Ogden Nature Center, the Christmas Box House (children who are victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment), Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Special Olympics Utah, Salt Lake City Marathon, along with various other entities. To help instill the value of taking pride in their own immediate community, our students volunteer at Solstice’s equine facility as well as completing various projects on ourcampus.
Service opportunities are meaningful experiences that can help shift perspectives and assist individuals in overcoming self-centered thinking. Volunteering creates strong positive feelings of care and compassion, as well as sense of self-worth that comes from helping others. At Solstice we create a culture that fosters the development of strong, positive identities among young women. As they learn and develop alongside one another, they form trusting and caring relationships with each other that can last a lifetime.