As kids head back to school, they are focused on homework, sports or extra-curricular activities. Service to others can also help kids make a difference on campus or in the community. In this half-hour special, meet Patricia, Myra and Asuzena. They volunteer to help children with special needs. Language and social skills flourish when children start the conversation. Discover how Emily is saving cats and dogs. She's the youngest volunteer honored by the Merced County Board of Supervisors. Joshua rides his bike every day to help at Arte Americas. Giovanni was expelled from school but found a way to give to those in need, thanks to the Elks Club.
Children First is a yearlong effort focusing on the challenges, problems and opportunities facing our youth in Central California. The program focuses on how the average person can make a difference in a child's life and highlights local organizations that work with kids. The Children First campaign includes half-hour programs like "Kids Giving Back," thirty second public service announcements and special stories on Action News. ABC30 thanks our partners below for putting Children First in the Central Valley.
Fresno County Office of Education
Mt. Olympus Challenge
Kermit Koontz Education Center
New Beginnings for Merced County Animals
Hands on Central California
Children First is sponsored by: