The inaugural WNC Communities Youth Leadership Award was presented to Ryleigh Stevens of Jackson County’s Caney Fork Community Development Council at the 72nd WNC Honors awards ceremony on December 2.
For more than 70 years, WNC Communities has recognized community achievement in Western North Carolina and encouraged youth participation, initiative and leadership in their member communities.
WNC Communities offers a youth leadership award based on the annual WNC Honors Awards nomination for a youth-initiated and-led project or program that has contributed significantly to one of their active community clubs. Their WNC Honors Awards Committee will select recipients through the overall Honors Awards process. Each year, up to three young people between the ages of 14 and 18 can receive a tuition-free North Carolina Outward Bound School Scholarship.
The Outward Bound School in North Carolina will provide scholarships for wilderness lessons to winners of the WNC Communities Youth Award. For more than 50 years, North Carolina Outward Bound School has provided challenging outdoor adventure programs based on experiential education to people of all ages and backgrounds. These programs help individuals discover their strength of character, their ability to lead, and their desire to serve. The Outward Bound course will serve to codify the leadership skills displayed by young leaders selected by WNC communities.
“The North Carolina Outward Bound School strives to partner with organizations that serve our mission of changing lives through challenge and discovery and we are honored to partner with WNC communities. We look forward to the opportunity to work with other outstanding young people from Western North Carolina,” said Sabrina Delk, Associate Director of Development for North Carolina Outward Bound School.