The organization Youth Action is scheduled to kick off a new year of community service and activism with an orientation meeting for high school and college students from Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
The orientation will be held at the University of Pennsylvania’s Benjamin Franklin room in the Houston Hall Building from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept 24.
The meeting will be entertaining, engaging and informative while providing a comprehensive overview of the organization and the 2011–2012 service programs.
Students will have the opportunity to learn more about Youth Action, participate in planning discussions, join different project committees and meet current members and prospective members.
“We are always thrilled to welcome new members to our team,” said Gavin Grant, Youth Action vice president and spokesperson. “The students all bring unique backgrounds and perspectives, different skill sets and creativity — all of which contribute to more interesting dialogue, more innovative, impactful projects and the growth of our team.”
Youth Action differentiates itself from many other non-profit service organizations because it is a youth-led service team.
All meetings, events and service projects are facilitated and conducted by high school and college students, according to President Anthony Phillips.
“In today’s society it is important for our youth to become aware of the problems surrounding our community,” said Aja Thornton, Junior Youth Action alumni mentor and director. “If they learn young, they will learn how to make positive change.”
Youth Action was formed by five African-American students who became the catalyst for change in Philadelphia.
“Youth Action has been recognized for inspiring youth to become advocates for social change in the community,” Phillips said. “When youth develop an increased awareness of problems in the community, they too will become dedicated to improving themselves and promoting the cause for social justice.
“Indeed, the members of Youth Action are the highlight of our organization. It is rare to find so many extraordinary students committed to empowering others to serve. Our members come from every quarter of the city.”
Founded by alumni of the Tavis Smiley Foundation in 2003, Youth Action is a youth-led Philadelphia community development organization operated solely by high school and college students that works to empower young African-American students.
Youth Action key programs include a signature service project, monthly volunteer projects, junior youth action development, toy drives and college initiatives.
Attendees are invited to remain following the orientation meeting to observe and participate as a mentor in our Junior Youth Action program.
This program will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the same location. Refreshments will be served. For more information about Youth Action, visit www.youthactionteam.org.