Adult volunteers needed to establish youth activity board


March 15, 2002|By Lesa Jansen | Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AS MOUNT AIRY continues to grow, a sense remains that young people still need to travel to larger communities for entertainment or other youth-oriented activities.

The partnership for a Healthier Carroll County Inc. wants to see that change with the establishment of a youth board in Mount Airy. The Alliance Project, an initiative established by the private, nonprofit group, has been trying for eight months to recruit adult organizers and role models, with no luck.

"We need active, invigorated adults that recognize the value of youth and also recognize the importance to provide opportunities for youth to grow and develop," said Lorelei LaFleur, administrative assistant for the alliance.

Carroll County has seven youth boards, in Eldersburg, Hampstead, Manchester, New Windsor, Taneytown, Westminster and Union Bridge.

These boards, made up of young people from middle and high schools, work with local governments to sponsor dances and other activities. One board planned intergenerational activities such as bringing in youth to senior centers to teach computer skills to senior citizens.

"We want to offer youth in these communities a voice to the town's council and mayor and others who plan youth programs and other activities that may affect them," said Michele Berattucci, Healthy Community, Healthy Youth Project coordinator.

"Youth are saying they want more activities so they can stay in their own county," she said.

The project needs three to four adult volunteers who would help establish the youth board and recruit about a dozen teens to serve. Because Mount Airy draws from four counties, organizers say volunteers from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties are welcome. The project will provide training.

"We feel there's a real need for this because youth, especially in Carroll County, don't have a real say in their own opportunities in the community, and this offers a positive way to become involved in their community," said Chris Gallagher, Youth Board chairwoman.

Information or to volunteer: Lorelei LaFleur, 410-871-6373.

`The Green Follies'

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in family style at Mount Airy United Methodist Church's production of The Green Follies, which will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church.

The evening of music and skits, including Snow White and the Seven Deadly Sins, will be performed in coffeehouse style. The audience will be seated at tables in a candlelight atmosphere with servers offering coffees, teas, desserts and finger foods.

"This is a fund-raiser for our youth group's summer work camp. The kids help repair houses for people in need in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and this will help fund those efforts," said Clydia Koch, director of the production.

Tickets are $7 and $6 for students and seniors. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come basis. The church is at 403 S. Main St.

Tickets or information: 301-829-0358.

Community drug forum

Mount Airy Middle School will play host to a community drug forum at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Speakers will be Mark Yount from Junction, Joanne Hayes, Carroll County public schools Drug Abuse Prevention coordinator, and Linda Auerback, president of Residents Attacking Drugs.

The forum will be held at the school, 102 Watersville Road.

Information: 410-751-3554.

Lesa Jansen's Southwest neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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