Generally speaking, it is a fairly accepted fact that encouraging youth involvement with charitable organizations is a positive ideal that benefits both the youth and the charity. For one thing, it gets them involved in something outside of themselves. Additionally, it gives them something productive to do with their spare time. It also may spark a benevolent streak inside them that with encouragement, can grow stronger over time. This has the ability to make them well rounded, sensitive adults.
If you are in a position where you deal with a number of young people, either in a professional capacity or in a private capacity, it may be a good idea to try and impress upon these youth the value of working with charitiable organizations. For instance, if you are a leader of a youth oriented group at a church or within your community, you can spend time talking with them about the benefits they stand to gain by donating their time to worthy causes. You might also show them how they can contribute to the betterment of society by helping others. When you have these discussions, make it so that they can understand exactly how they are helping.
Another option is to plan activities that will involve or benefit charities. These could be in the form of bake sales, blood drives or any number of causes. When you make it your business to encourage youth involvement with charitable organizations you are facilitating the acquirement of leadership skills, the development of compassion as well as promoting the full development of a productive member of society. In addition to the benefits the youth experience as a result of your efforts, the charities that are the recipients of their help get closer to achieving their individual missions. This has the potential to improve society as a whole and you can be a catalyst in that movement.