It may be spring break for public schools during the last week in March, but for many dedicated youth, Spring Break is also a time to help the community.
The Broward Youth Coalition (BYC) is a group of high school, drug-free youth leaders representing all areas of the local community. On March 26, from 9 am to 3:30 pm, 15 to 20 of these young leaders will provide United Cerebral Palsy of Broward some much needed assistance in cleaning, painting and otherwise sprucing up the facility. Called “Done in a Day,” this service activity is an annual event, aimed at supporting other non-profits.
“This is a wonderful day, with our youth leaders all working together to make an impact and improve the United Cerebral Palsy of Broward’s facility,” said Shahara Jaghoo, Director of Adult and Youth Training Initiatives for the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse. Jaghoo said that the BYC youth leaders come together on a monthly basis to create, develop and put into action positive, social change activities as they relate to underage drinking, substance use/abuse and other interrelated issues.
“However, the BYC program does even more,” she added. “This is an example of the way it gives youth an opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills and a means of getting engaged in the community. Giving back is an important component of the BYC, so youth are able to build relationships and make effective change throughout neighborhoods.”
The BYC is a great opportunity for young people to learn hands-on fun educational sessions that include how to assess the community, steps in identifying major influences, and how to create a community vision and empower other youth to live a healthy and drug free lifestyle.
“Done in a Day” Beautification Project will be held at the United Cerebral Palsy Center, a agency funded by the United Way of Broward County, 3117 SW 13th Court, Fort Lauderdale.
For more information, contact Shahara Jaghoo, 954.462.4850, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 70 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of education, income and health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.unitedwaybroward.org.
About the United Way of Broward Commission on Substance Abuse
Celebrating its 25th year in the community, UWBCCSA (www.unitedwaybroward.org) is a broad-based substance use/abuse coalition dedicated to empowering its diverse community to live healthy and drug-free. Its primary role is to serve as a coalition-building organization that brokers partnerships between federal, state and local agencies to foster, develop and enhance integrated counter-drug efforts throughout Broward County and to search for innovative and effective ways to address the issue of substance use/abuse.