BRYAN, TX (Sept. 13) – The United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet kicked off its fundraising season by hosting the 21st Annual Youth Leadership Day on Friday at First Baptist Bryan. There were 177 student leaders from the eight high schools in Bryan and College Station gathered to learn about United Way of the Brazos Valley, explore social needs facing our community and discuss how students can make an impact in Bryan and College Station through fundraisers and volunteerism. Participating schools included A&M Consolidated High School, Allen Academy, Brazos Christian School, Bryan Collegiate High School, Bryan High School, College Station High School, College View High School and Rudder High School.
During Youth Leadership Day, the students met with local nonprofit organizations in breakout sessions to learn more about their impact in the Brazos Valley. Breakout sessions included presentations by Scotty’s House, Twin City Mission, Health for All, Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA), Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC), Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Brazos Valley, Family Promise Bryan-College Station and Bryan College Station Habitat for Humanity.
“There is no one in this world better at being you than you,” said this year’s motivational speaker Alton “Tiger” Burton, the Community Outreach Coordinator for BVCASA. A local Bryan High School and Texas A&M graduate, Burton has worked with youth in and around the Brazos Valley for over 10 years through education, mentoring and one on one youth counseling and coaching. He inspired the students with his words of wisdom.
The United Way Youth Leadership Cabinet unites to lead the way by volunteering, raising funds and helping others in the Brazos Valley. The Youth Leadership Cabinet is a cabinet of over 30 passionate students from seven area high schools who are actively seeking ways to connect, serve, and lead to make a positive and lasting impact throughout our community. The group promotes civic involvement and responsibility by providing high school students with opportunities to participate with United Way of the Brazos Valley.
“Have the courage to take a chance, to make a choice, to see the change" said Ron Crozier, Twin City Mission’s Director of Community Relations and Development. "I am so proud of you all for being [part of] something greater than yourselves."
This year’s Youth Leadership Day was made possible because of the generous donations and support from First Baptist Bryan, Readfield Meats, Alton Burton, H-E-B and all of the volunteers and nonprofits who came out to help.
United Way of the Brazos Valley fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Brazos Valley.
Copy written by Youth Leadership Cabinet students.