The MYC Youth Council had their hands full this holiday season! They began December on an Emoji-themed float along with peers and MYC staff members during the annual Santa Parade. The group paraded in Emoji masks and colorful Santa’s helper hats. The following week during the MYC Youth Council meeting, the group discussed potential topics to learn about from New Hope– an organization that works throughout Massachusetts to build an anti-violence movement to end sexual and domestic violence. The organization is willing to construct a topic to present to the youth council to educate them. In the past, New Hope has done presentations on bullying, relationship violence and the bystander effect for the kids.They typically give handouts and have the kids interact a bit which helps them learn about the topics more in depth.
The presentation will be scheduled for a meeting in January (TBA).
The youth council also discussed opportunities to collaborate with Milford TV. Milford TV kindly and generously allows youth council members to be trained in studio. They also allow the youth members to edit content with guidance in studio.The members have not yet participated in a training this year, but SCI AmeriCorps member Tori who leads the youth council, has allowed youth members to sign up for potential January and February training. They have seen Tori and past youth council members utilize Milford TV equipment at events throughout this year and last year which was exciting for them. A couple of youth council members were able to film the MYC Holiday Party which occurred on Thursday, December 21st. Two members were taught a bit about the cameras and Tori guided them throughout the night which was also fun for the members. Youth Council members also helped MYC staff prepare volunteer gifts for the Holiday Party!
Finally, youth council members also met with one of our Board Members, Chuck Calagione, to recruit volunteers for Operation Snowstorm! This program allows for youth to help local seniors in need of shoveling help for their walkways! We had 11 kids volunteer to be a part of this awesome program! The group will be busy this month planning our upcoming “Find Yourself Friday” youth event. Keep an eye out for the MYC Youth Council! It is not too late to join if anyone is interested!