Teens in North Florida are preparing for summer; collecting relief donations for Haiti and Japan, making eco-friendly crafts at the Earth day Festival this weekend, tutoring youths at the duPont Middle school…. Wait! What?
Ok, so it’s HandsOn Jacksonville Youth Leadership Council’s way of preparing for summer. They have some great volunteer projects in store for Global Youth Service Day happening the weekend of April 15th-17th, 2011.
On Saturday April 16th youth volunteers will be at Mission Harvest America collecting, sorting and preparing shipments of donations to Japan and Haiti. Pallet sized boxes have been placed at over 25 Jacksonville businesses to collect donations. Their goal is to fit a 30-foot semi-trailer, that’s a lot of really needed supplies, shoes and clothes.
The Best Buddies Friendship Walk will also start at 9a.m. on Saturday A team of Youth Council Leader members have created their own team of walkers to support children with disabilities and the work that Best Buddies does in Jacksonville. The leaders will also set up a booth for children and adults to create Peace Tiles, a fun multi-media art project to express themes of peace. These tiles will be donated to elementary schools for some heartfelt art in Jacksonville with the Best Buddies programs.
On Earth Day from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Landing several of our Youth Leadership Council members will be hosting several activity tables in the Kids Zone for this event, in partnership with the Duval County Public Schools Teachers Supply Depot.They have designed eco-friendly projects to be creative with the kids while engaging them in environmental education. They will be designing Ecobags (cloth bags intended to replace the use of plastic bags) and peace tiles. Be sure to stop by with your young tree-huggers and get your craft on.
Another team of youth volunteers will be conquering several rooms at Community Connections, a transitional housing facility for women and their families. In a pseudo Extreme-Home-Makeover-spirit the students from Douglas Anderson will be doing paintings in a Starry Night theme. Volunteers will decorate and redesign whole rooms transforming them into cozy living spaces.
The last volunteer project will be happening from April 16th-17th. A Youth Leadership Council member found a software sponsor to allow use of private tutoring software that allows students to enter an online classroom with a tutor and work on multiple subjects. duPont Middle School was gracious enough to take part in this new project in creating young Einstein’s and we hope it’s a hit.
As you can see HandsOn Jacksonville Youth Leadership Council has a fun weekend ahead.