Lauren Levy, a rising senior at Brentwood High School, teamed up with our youth program manager, Colleen, to create a new program that empowers young people to lead service learning projects throughout the summer (read about this and the other youth leadership opportunities that Hands On Nashville offers here). The four youth leaders were selected through an application and interview process and trained by Hands On Nashville in leadership and volunteer management. We are thrilled to introduce you to them in this blog post!
Starting this week (and for the rest of the summer) these four incredible volunteers are making their mark on the community in a BIG way. They will lead 10 volunteer projects each addressing one of four issue areas: Homelessness, Hunger, Health and Wellness, and Environment. A big thanks to Lauren for her help with developing this new program!
Without further adieu, we are pleased to introduce you to…
Corey Wu (focus: Homelessness), a rising junior at John Overton High School, wanted to be a Summer Youth Leader so he can improve his leadership skills while volunteering in the community. Corey chose the homelessness issue area because he knows it is a critical issue in our community and he is inspired to learn about how nonprofits are working to address it.
Emily McAndrew (focus: Hunger), a rising junior at Merrol Hyde Magnet School, wanted to be a Summer Youth Leader so that she can learn how to be a better leader for her community while helping others. Emily chose the Hunger issue area because she wants to teach youth that the issue is not just something that exists in developing countries. Emily hopes to inspire and teach youth how they can make a difference in solving the hunger epidemic in their own communities.
Ferriss Bailey (focus: Environment), a rising senior at Montgomery Bell Academy, wanted to be a Summer Youth Leaders because he is very passionate about service and wants to help the community. He believes that service is beneficial to all who are involved. Ferriss chose the Environment issue area to spread awareness about the importance of taking care of the environment in Nashville, and to help make Nashville a clean, welcoming city.
Runze Zhang (focus: Health and Wellness), a rising junior at Martin Luther King High Academic Magnet School, wanted to be a Summer Youth Leader because she has always loved serving her community and others. Runze chose the Health and Wellness issue area because she has many family members that are affected in some way by this issue, and she personally loves to stay healthy and fit.
Thank you to these incredible young people for their leadership, enthusiasm, and creative energy!