Youth Council has been a staple Youth Services program for over 20 years. It’s a high school leadership group open to freshmen & sophomores, whose goal is to organize and participate in projects that help people in the community. In the past these projects have included volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, the nursing home, the soup kitchen and more.
High schoolers can apply for the Youth Center's leadership groups every September! Students accepted to our leadership groups must become Youth Center members. See below for a description of this year's Youth Council activities! If you have any questions about the program, contact Kyle.
Youth Council 2017-18
Freshmen/Sophomore Youth Council started their school year teaming up with Junior/Senior Youth Council to plan the annual High School Girls Powderpuff Tournament! This annual fall tournament raises money for our Youth Council members to sponsor children in the the Youth Center's Holiday Gift Drive, which supports families in need during the holiday season. The tournament is held at NAHS Walsh Stadium, and raises money through participation fees for players and coaches, as well as admissions and a bake sale! We're happy to report that we raised our largest amount of money at this year's tournament! It was a rainy day, but a lot of parents came out to watch this fun event. In Game One, the Juniors dominated from start to finish, beating the Freshmen 48-0. Game Two saw a surprising upset, as the Sophomores battled for 40 minutes and eventually topped the favorite Senior class, 25-18. The championship game saw back and forth action between the Juniors and Sophomores. The Junior class proved to be the stronger team, led by quarterback Cate Cheevers! Congratulations Juniors, and thank you to everyone for participating and supporting this event!
Freshmen/Sophomore Youth Council also volunteered their time at this year's Knights on the Run 5k for the NA Athletic Association, served at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club's Holiday Party, and started running a free Homework Help program twice a week for our middle school YC members.
With the year winding down, Freshman and Sophomore Youth Council has been busy finishing the year strong! The group had a very busy February and March helping out at Sargent School's holiday party, putting on the first annual Youth Center Winter Classic hockey tournament, and rounded out the winter helping out with the North Andover Crusaders basketball league! In the spring, the group volunteered at Cor Unum, the Youth Center's annual Knight to Shine Event, the MSPCA, and the North Andover Garden Club's annual plant sale! Lastly, Freshman/Sophomore Youth Council has one more big event ahead of them. The group's last project was to plan and work at the Aaron Kenneally Athletes vs. Epilepsy 3 on 3 tournament at the Youth Center on Saturday, June 16th!