It's a good time to be a teen.
Huntsville teenagers have been active this year, forming a board of directors through the Huntsville Family YMCA then giving back to other teen-driven groups.
The Huntsville Family YMCA Teen Program was chosen as the first recipient for the Teen Legacy Club, a pilot grant program through the YMCA of Greater Houston.
Sandra Clifton, director of the Huntsville Family YMCA and board chair Margaret Gulledge attended the 2011 North American YMCA Development Conference in Anaheim, California where they first learned about the Teen Legacy Club.
“The YMCA Teen Legacy Club teaches teens how to better give their time, talent and treasure and give back to their high school,” Clifton said. “It was a great opportunity for these kids to learn how a board works, committee and project approval, debating on community needs, and watching them award these grants without adults on the board, all teen driven.”
The Teen Legacy Club was run through Huntsville High School and the club gave grants to several clubs that applied for funding. The YMCA placed applications at the high school for volunteers to join the club. A club board was formed that was responsible for marketing applications for funding from high school clubs. The board then divided up funding among the applicants.
Funding was given to the following:
Huntsville High School Yearbook – $1000 to subsidize printing costs and purchase Internet codes for the yearbook to link website pictures for sporting events, prom and graduation.
The Hive – $1000 to expand printing numbers to reach a greater population of students, HISD staff and community leaders for activities at HHS.
HHS Mountain Bike Team – $750 to build trails at HHS for hiking, running and mountain biking.
Crime Stoppers – $750 to purchase software that will allow students of HISD to submit crime tips for their campus via the Internet, text or phone apps from the iTunes or Android store anonymously to school officials or campus police.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes – $500 for five evenings in a safe environment providing students the opportunity to participate in fellowship, games and learn more about God.
FCCLA – $500 for FCCLA members to prepare lesson plans to teach younger children at the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club. The grant will help with supplies to deliver these programs.
Business Professionals of America – $250 to purchase a banner for HHS and pins for club members.
Elite Step Team – $250 for a public service announcement skit performed for elementary and intermediate school age students on social responsibilities.