Young Peo­ple Who Care projects un­der­way

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CENTREVILLE — What do you get when you team up two or­ga­ni­za­tions that fo­cus on chil­dren and youth? An em­pow­er­ment op­por­tu­nity for youth to ac­com­plish amaz­ing things in their com­mu­nity. The Queen Anne’s County Coun­cil for Chil­dren and Youth and the Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, the county’s Lo­cal Man­age­ment Board, part­nered to pro­vide funds for young peo­ple who want to cre­ate a pos­i­tive change in the com­mu­nity through ser­vice projects. Young peo­ple, ages 5 to 18, could ap­ply for up to $500. Ap­pli­ca­tions were due Jan­uary 2016 with projects to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 2016.

Syd­ney Kay, a ju­nior at Queen Anne’s County High School, and An­gelo Moore, a fresh­man at QACHS, were awarded funds. Both youth are work­ing to achieve their scouting awards. They have raised funds in var­i­ous ways be­sides the grant award they re­ceived.

Kay is work­ing on pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ments con­cern­ing the Six Pil­lars of Char­ac­ter at el­e­men­tary, mid­dle and high school lev­els. Her pro­ject uses her skills gained from her ca­reer pathways in Teacher and Art.

“I am an as­pir­ing artist and like to draw and teach kids, so I com­bined them into this pro­ject to help teach chil­dren about Char­ac­ter Counts pil­lars into funny lit­tle shorts and help them learn and deal with so­cial issues like bul­ly­ing, friend­ship, re­spect and other core val­ues,” Kay said.

The funds re­ceived will help pay for the an­i­ma­tion soft­ware, tablet for draw­ing and a book on an­i­ma­tion sur­vival kit to help oth­ers to make changes when she grad­u­ates in 2017.

Her sup­port team in­cludes class­mates from art class, cre­ative writ­ing club and the­ater. Kay’s other “fun projects” are the­ater, where she is part of the sound crew, march­ing band, Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety his­to­rian — and she works at the YMCA. Kay was awarded $500. “These two young adults who will be hon­ored as the re­cip­i­ents of the ‘Young Peo­ple Who Care Award’ through their ef­forts not only have shown their com­mit­ment to mak­ing Queen Anne’s County a great place to live but will serve as role mod­els to other young adults who can also have a pos­i­tive im­pact in our com­mu­nity,” said Elaine But­ler, Char­ac­ter Counts co­or­di­na­tor. “This will be done by fos­ter­ing good char­ac­ter to be prac­ticed by ev­ery­one ev­ery day in our com­mu­nity.”

Moore also is work­ing on a scout award. He is creat­ing a video game room at the YMCA for youth and se­niors to come to­gether to play and talk. The fund­ing re­ceived will pro­vide a flat screen TV, a Nin­tendo Wii con­sole that is pre-owned, an Xbox 360 that is pre-owned, ta­bles and games. Moore is sup­ported by Boy Scout of Amer­ica Ven­tur­ing Crew 175.

Moore en­joys wrestling, video games and scour­ing. “I see my Ea­gle Scout Pro­ject as a bridge in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mi­randa Rea­soner, di­rec­tor of the county’s YMCA, said, “We are thrilled to be part­ner­ing with An­gelo to bring an in­ter­ac­tive game room to the Queen Anne’s County Fam­ily YMCA through the Young Peo­ple Who Care Award. The Y’s mis­sion is to put Chris­tian prin­ci­ples into prac­tice through pro­grams that help pro­mote a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Young Peo­ple Who Care Award will al­low us to ac­tively en­gage youth, teens, as well as se­niors in pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties that pos­i­tively pro­mote youth de­vel­op­ment, healthy liv­ing and so­cial re­spon­siv­ity.”

This award will be made avail­able again in Septem­ber 2016. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Jacki Carter at 443-2628138 or ms­jac529@aol.com.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Syd­ney Kay, a ju­nior at Queen Anne’s County High School, was one of two win­ners of the Young Peo­ple Who Care Award pre­sented by the Coun­cil for Chil­dren and Youth and the Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

An­gelo Moore, a fresh­man at Queen Anne’s County High School, was one of two win­ners of the Young Peo­ple Who Care Award pre­sented by the Coun­cil for Chil­dren and Youth and the Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies.

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