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Service Learning Conference

The Durham Youth Commission did an excellent job hosting the 2017 Service Learning Conference in Durham, NC. The conference started with an opening session. The executive board called the conference to order and councils in attendance acknowledged their presence. The night activity brought together members from different councils who participated in various interactive icebreaker activities. Rise and shine came early for councils and everyone boarded their respective buses and departed for their community service project for the day. The Service Learning Sites included: Duke Lemur Center, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, Central Park Clean-up, and Beats N Bars Festival. After a busy morning of giving back to the community, students were pumped for the Duke vs. UNC Chapel-Hill game. As we sat in the bleachers and watched the intense game, noone knew who would win. The final score was 27 - 17. GO DUKE! The evening ended with a tailgate that included games and food for the councils. We closed out the conference with a video that captured the events of the weekend. The executive board along with a member of the Durham Youth Commission spoke to the youth about bullying and ways that they could STOMP OUT bullying in their community and schools. 

What a wonderful weekend. Kudos to Durham Youth Commission for a job well done.  

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Mini- Grant Conference 

The Rocky Mount Area Youth Council did an excellent job hosting the 2017 Mini-Grant Conference in Rocky Mount, NC. The conference started with an opening session where the executive board called the conference to order and councils in attendance acknowledged their presence. Council members broke into groups and started reviewing the 17 mini-grants that the office had received. The grants ranged from a domestic violence shelter needing funds to assist youth to a school hoping to build an area for students to go to escape bullying. Saturday morning - DEBATE DAY. I am unsure if the council members knew what was in-store for the day. We started the morning off with a hot breakfast catered by IHOP. Hopefully, that helped get their minds ready for the debate. The debates started off quiet. The council members were truly trying to understand the debating process. By the end of the debates, you could tell the passion that was present for the grants they were debating. I am pleased to say that all monies were disbursed. The evening ended with a night of bowling. The executive board along with a member of the Rocky Mount Youth Council invited a professional to come and speak about substance abuse and ways to stop substance abuse. 

What an eventful weekend. Kudos to Felisa and the Rocky Mount Youth Council for a job well done.  

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