Program Spotlight: Youth Council

In the early afternoon of Saturday, April 29, about twenty-five people (and one dog) gathered in a sunny community center in SOMA, seated before two speakers who discussed a varied slate of environmental issues and their impact on health and communities. Following the hour-long panel, the event continued with educational games and activities that taught participants about the dangers of overfishing, mining, and oil spills.

The event, “Youth for the Environment”, was the culmination of a year of planning, community-building, and youth empowerment. The entire day was planned by Enterprise’s Youth Council to educate their community on how to get involved with a topic that all twelve members felt passionate about.

With a start date in October, how to start a Youth Council spans a longer time period than other programs at Enterprise. Divided into three phases (Building Community, Building Power, and Exercising Power), members spend the program exploring social issues that are important to them, meeting and getting to know their peers, and developing skills to help them become community leaders.

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