This June and July, Hands On Nashville’s Youth Volunteer Corps is inviting teens to spend a week of summer vacation exploring issues facing our community. Each weeklong session focuses on a different issue area – environment, hunger and homelessness, health and wellness and youth education – and is designed to encourage a deeper understanding of our community through hands-on service learning experiences.
These four Summer Youth Leaders have stepped up to guide this initiative and are using their leadership skills to do good this summer. Please join us in welcoming them!
Stephanie, a rising junior at University School of Nashville, will lead the Environment Week of YVC Summer Camp. This year Stephanie is serving as the membership VP for her NFTY youth group. During Environment week, Stephanie will lead her peers in service-learning opportunities such as maintaining local parks, learning gardens, and cleaning up local waterways.
Fun Fact: If Stephanie could only listen to one album/CD forever she would listen to Mama Mia (or a Dan Nichols album).
Yavin, a rising senior at Montgomery Bell Academy, will lead the Hunger and Homelessness Week of YVC Summer Camp. Recently, Yavin led a fundraiser for Pennies for Patients to aid children and adults in the fight against blood cancers, and he enjoys playing piano to relax in his spare time. During his week of service, Yavin will lead his peers in service-learning opportunities benefiting those in need, including sorting perishable food items, serving lunch to women and children experiencing homelessness and prepping survival kits.
Fun Fact: If Yavin could have any superpower, he would choose time manipulation.
Shira, a rising junior at Hume Fogg Magnet High School, will lead the Health and Wellness week of YVC Summer Camp. In her spare time, Shira enjoys drawing and playing the flute. During her week of service, Shira will lead her peers in service-learning opportunities that promote healthier living, including sorting medical supplies for clinics overseas, boxing shoes for children abroad, and cooking lunch for people battling illnesses.
Fun Fact: If Shira could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to France. “I’ve been learning the language over the last few years and the culture really interests me,” she said.
Margaret, a rising senior at Brentwood High School, will lead the Youth Education week of YVC Summer Camp. Margaret is the founder and president of the Key Club at Brentwood High, where she leads community service projects. In her spare time, she competes in improv comedy. During her week of service, Margaret will lead her peers in service-learning opportunities that promote learning in all forms, including guiding enrichment activities for younger children, reading to kids, and sorting books for a local literacy organization.
Fun Fact: If Margaret could be any cartoon character, she would be Bugs Bunny. “I’d love to be that care-free and funny,” she says.
YVC Summer Camp runs from June to July 2015. To read about other young people in the Nashville community who are Hyped On Help, check out our Tumblr page.