Young People Who Care projects underway
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.