THE youth of today often get a bad reputation, especially as perceptions of Millennials being narcissistic, technology-obsessed and disengaged continue to ripple through communities.
Youth of Buderim, however, are proving to be exactly the opposite.
Last Friday, a handful young people from St Mark's Anglican Church cooked up a barbecue for people who are homeless or living below the poverty line in an activity the church calls their Random Acts of Kindness.
Families, youth and children's minister Jeremy Couch said the group will often perform these random acts, which include visiting people in retirement homes and helping out the elderly around their homes.
He said their current program, involving partnering with the Anglican church in Nambour to feed the hungry on Friday evenings, has so far been a success in getting kids and young people to branch out and give back to their communities.
"I guess you could say part of this is influencing their lives for good, and there's more to life than just their little sphere,” he said.
"We want to challenge our young people and families to make an impact.”
Jade McCloskey, 14, said she liked being able to help people who were less fortunate than herself.
"I know I've come from an advantaged background, I've always had schooling options and clothing,” she said.
"So I like to help those people who haven't had all of those things.
"Plus, it makes you feel really good.”
Danny Frank, who lined up for a burger, said the evenings were great fun for him too.
"It's just about eating, socialising and sharing some cigarettes, I love it,” he said.
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