Youth Council presents pediatrics project
Nashville Graphic Staff
Members of the Rocky Mount Area Youth Council sponsored the Children for Life Project as they delivered activity items to the Pediatric Emergency Department of Nash UNC Health Care on July 26.
Items donated included board games, educational books, toothbrushes, toothpaste and personally decorated cards that will serve patients from young children through high school ages.
City of Rocky Mount Human Relations Specialist Felisa Hunter, who also serves as the youth council advisor, helped secure a $500 grant from the North Carolina Department of Administration Council for Women & Youth Involvement to purchase the items for patients.
The purpose of the grant is to give youth an opportunity to develop program ideas, write grant proposals and implement defined program objectives.
In the past, the Rocky Mount Area Youth Council and Human Relations Department have secured grants that have helped local causes including the Bassett Center, Backpack for Buddies and Bully Walk.
"It means a lot to me because I've volunteered here before," RMAYC President Taylor Booth said. "There are children here who might be feeling disconnected. This inspires them and makes them happy, so this means a lot to us as a group."
The Rocky Mount Area Youth Council currently has 30 active members and allows area high school students in grades 9-12 to identify and address youth-related issues and problems.
Members of the RMAYC have represented the area at state leadership and community service conferences and have participated in area community projects and programs that benefit area youth.
Booth has been a member for the past four years and is headed to East Carolina University after recently graduating from Nash Central High School in the spring.
"I truly love it, it has opened a lot of doors for me," Booth said. "A lot of qualities and skills I've developed, I would not have without the youth council."
The RMAYC meets every third Wednesday from September to June) at the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building.
Area youth interested in becoming a part of the council can fill out an interest form at rockymountnc.gov or call 972-1184.