Mahatma Gandhi Once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The 2014-2015 YouthWorks members are passionate about our community and believe that if we are to change the world, we must start right here in Yakima.
Within these first few months, the council has been busily working on a multitude of different activities within the community. YouthWorks has its regular monthly meetings to discuss the status of events it is involved with and what more could be done to improve the atmosphere in Yakima. Members of the council also meet regularly with the Friends of the Village to plan Passion for the Village. Aside from the monthly meetings, our young leaders have spent time volunteering at social gatherings for the Friends of the Village, as well as waiters for a dinner event at Cottage in the Meadow.
This fall in particular has been a busy time for the council. In October, we launched our Pink Purse campaign to raise money, as well as awareness for breast cancer. Members took the purses to various organizations and businesses throughout the valley to see if any were willing to participate in this event. Many were, and our endeavors were quite successful. With the arrival of November and colder weather, comes our canned food drive. Boxes will be dispersed throughout the valley and all the donations will be given to the Union Gospel mission as well as other areas in need. One of our most popular events kicks off around this time of year, Pageants for the high schools in and surrounding our community. These events raise much needed funds for programs and organizations that do so much good in our community, such as Children’s Village.
With all of the startling figures regarding health in the United States today, the council thought it beneficial to address this topic in our city. This year we are starting a new program, Project GO, and it will be directed at elementary schools with the intention of informing kids at a young age of the importance of staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle. On a similar note, members of the council have attended one 2 one volunteer mentor training to learn more about developmental disabilities strategies for effective communication, how to better provide for persons with disabilities, as well as general awareness of disabilities.
Overall the Yakima YouthWorks Council has been quite a force of good and will continue to do so throughout the year.