Youth as Resources Welcomes New Board Members and Accepts Nominees for Service Awards

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KENOSHA NEWS STAFF

United Way of Kenosha County announced the launch of the Youth As Resources program in the community for the 2022-23 project funding cycle.

YAR is a youth-led fundraising organization that provides annual awards to youth-designed community service projects in Kenosha County. It allows young people to speak and respond to the needs of the community.

The program promotes full youth participation, including leading approved service projects and reviewing and awarding grant funds.

This year’s YAR board members include nine youth members, representing students in grades 9-12 from eight local schools, as well as two adult board members, with all leadership positions filled. by student members.

The board and officers include: chairman Abbey Proctor, a senior homeschooler; vice president Lauren Palmieri, junior at St. Joseph’s Academy; treasurer Jovan Joseph, a freshman at Logos Online School; secretary Ella Sager, a sophomore at Westosha Central; Parliamentarian Alison Voss from Zion-Benton Township High School; Hera First, endowment committee member, sophomore at Harborside Academy; Jacob Krumrie, endowment committee member, sophomore at St. Joseph’s Academy; Madelynn Drissel, freshman at Paris Consolidated School; Tess Callahan, a student at Tremper High School; Nina Lall, a junior at Bradford High School; and Alejandria Galarza, from the Kenosha Public Library.

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“I am excited to begin my third year on the YAR Board of Directors as I continue to develop my leadership skills in my role as Chairman,” Proctor said. “This year the Board welcomed several new members who I know will have the same wonderful opportunity to grow in leadership and who can bring new perspectives and new goals to the program. We can’t wait to see what community service ideas Kenosha County youth come up with and present to the council this year!

YAR is also looking to add new adult members to the board. Responsibilities include attending YAR Board meetings on the third Tuesday of every month (September to May, excluding December) and participating in the decision-making process for project grants services designed by young people.

Adult board members should also participate in committee work to encourage grant applications and increase awareness of the YAR board in the community. Adult board members are expected to take the initiative of younger board members while guiding them as they learn skills related to professionalism and board management.

Youth as Resources is made possible through a partnership between United Way of Kenosha County and University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension.

“Youth As Resources is an incredible opportunity for young people in our community to develop their skills while making a difference in areas that are important to them,” said Erica Ness, positive youth development educator at Extension Kenosha County. “This program is proof that young people are both our present and our future. They’re ready to step up and lead now, and I’m proud to coordinate a program that helps them do that.

“United Way of Kenosha County and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension are thrilled to once again partner with Youth as Resources to help bring student ideas to life,” said Carolynn Friesch, Executive Director of United Way of Kenosha. County. “We look forward to being a part of the impact empowered youth will have in our community this year.”

Lincoln Middle School’s large outdoor courtyard now has five 4ft by 8ft garden beds, installed in November 2021 with sponsorship from Jockey International’s philanthropic arm, Jockey Being Family Foundation. The foundation “adopted” the school.

The Foundation worked with volunteers from the Garden of Eatin’ Kenosha and Carthage College to help build the flower beds that will be used by the students to plant crops in cool weather, while also providing a number of opportunities for learning, including STEM-based activities and community service projects. .



Kenosha County Youth as Resources was developed out of a need to make Kenosha County youth feel more connected to their community. YAR is a youth-led council and grants program that funds youth-designed community service projects in Kenosha County. Young people, with guidance from adults, design projects to meet a community need and apply for YAR grants, which are awarded up to $500 to fund supplies for the project. The Youth Council as Resources reads all applications, invites youth groups to submit project proposals and allocates funds.

For more information, visit kenosha.extension.wisc.edu/youth/yar.

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Students at Forest Park Elementary are participating in the Read Across Kenosha community literacy event this year hosted by United Way of Kenosha County…

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Students at Forest Park Elementary are participating in the Read Across Kenosha community literacy event this year hosted by United Way of Kenosha County…

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Students at Forest Park Elementary are participating in the Read Across Kenosha community literacy event this year hosted by United Way of Kenosha County…

Forest Park Read Across America 2022

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