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Huron Youth Leadership Council to award grants to address youth needs

Posted: Monday, Feb 17th, 2014


Huron Youth Leadership Council members include, back row, from left, Lexxi DeLamere, Shadryn Van Zee, Taylor Flannery, Nichole Metter, Sloane Mack, Claire Hooglan, Jennifer Nelson and Avery Del Grosso; and in front, Madison Holland, Ellie DeVries, Josee Schwartz, Michaela Metter, Maria Songer, Alexandra Waldner and Kawler Mu. The Council will be awarding grants to address youth needs in Huron. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED


The former Huron Youth Advisory Council has a new look and a new name — the Huron Youth Leadership Council.

This new youth council enables youth members to join and interact with area community boards, volunteer in their communities, and participate in philanthropy by awarding local grants from their S.D. community fund to address youth needs.

It is led by a group of community volunteer advisers, including Rhonda Kludt of the Heartland Region United Way.

“The United Way sees the importance and impact of youth engagement, and with this partnership we have with HYLC, we are engaging the next generation to keep our communities vital” said Kludt.

The youth meet monthly at Huron High School and share with each other the news from the community boards they are on.

“Attending community board meetings and working with the board members has helped me to learn more about projects going on in Huron. It has also allowed me to be a voice for other students in our community,” said Michaela Metter, HYLC youth member.

“This has been a fantastic year for the Huron Youth Leadership Council, we have a great group of students who are involved in community boards, and this is the first opportunity they will have with awarding grant funding to help the youth in their community,” shared Kristin Wheeler, HYLC adviser, “they are very excited to make a difference.”

Jennifer Nelson, HYLC youth member said, “Bullying and Violence, Youth Alcohol and Substance Use, Texting and Driving, Hunger, and Cultural Inclusion are the youth needs that HYLC has chosen to address and focus on this year when awarding community grants. We hope that by addressing these issues, we will benefit the youth in our community and the community as a whole.”

“When we think about all of the teenagers who need a home, food, clothes, etc, we wonder if they get those things they need. With these grants, we will have that comfort in knowing that our youth are being helped. We are focused on how we can help the youth in this city,” added Claire Hoogland, HYLC youth member.

The Huron Youth Leadership Council is preparing to offer a total of $5,000 in funding to projects that will address at least one of the identified youth needs in Huron in grant amounts of up to $1,500 each.

Grantees must be incorporated as a nonprofit organization to which contributed income is fully exempt under federal and state law, or use a fiscal agent designated as such.

Applications will be available through March 3 and may be obtained electronically by emailing adviser Kristin Wheeler at KrWheeler@ccs-sd.org.

 



For the complete article see the 02-16-2014 issue.

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