Important to the social and emotional development of young people is that they adopt values to guide their behavior and become socially responsible. So it is essential in my work with youth that I provide them with many opportunities to engage the community. We talk about love, compassion, and caring every week, but perhaps even more importantly, the youth learn from experience by putting those values into action throughout the community. More work, yes, but in the end a much better learning experience for all involved. Even me.