This spring, the YMCA, Metro United Way, JCPS and Louisville Metro Government are partnering to offer a new annual youth advocacy program called Metro Youth Advocates (MYA). The program is designed to help teens develop leadership skills and express their voice on community issues. Participating in the program will help students strengthen public speaking, problem solving and critical thinking skills while interacting with local public officials, community leaders and youth from across Jefferson County.
MYA will hold an 8-session advocacy training program from January to April on Monday evenings from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. Meeting dates will be:
At these sessions, students will split into small groups to work on an issue of their choice that impacts our community. In April, students make presentations to Metro Council and city officials and will participate in service learning projects connected with the Mayor's Give A Day and Global Youth Service Day.
During the summer, Metro Youth Advocates will also have an opportunity to participate in an optional pilot program coordinated by the Dept. of Public Health and Wellness and the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm.
The selection committee is looking for students that have a passion for community issues and want to make a difference in the community. MYA wants to have a cross section of youth from throughout the community who will bring a variety of outlooks and experiences to the group. Students who complete the program will receive a $100 stipend for their participation. Additional information and an online application can be found at www.metroyouthadvocates.org or contact Sasha Belenky (email@example.com) or Amanda Pile (Amanda@kyymca.org) for questions or concerns. A recruitment flyer and an application are enclosed and the deadline for submission is Friday, December 14.
Students who want to make a difference in our community are encouraged to apply for this exciting program.
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