It isn’t uncommon to hear comments about the flaws older generations find in the next. Human beings don’t like change, and of course what represents change more than the “youth of today” (used to describe the youth of the 50’s, 70’s or 2010’s!) There has been an explosion of change in the last decade, but the energy and potential of this younger generation is not one of them! The Town of Granby Youth Action Council (YAC) is a shining example of the potential shown by “the youth of today.” This is a group of kids from grades 9-12 who volunteer to take part in YAC, a community service and leadership development group whose mission is to “make Granby a better place for youth.” They do this each year by planning a variety of activities that provide wholesome fun for younger children and their families. They additionally identify other needs within the community and program in ways to help address them. In years past this included advocating for and raising awareness of the need for sidewalks in town, fundraising and purchasing Safe Zone stickers for the high school SAFE club, and most recently working with High School administration to raise awareness of the stress levels students are experiencing during the school year.
One of the highlights for the Youth Action Council is the annual High School awards night. The YAC group fundraises all year long, using the proceeds from the dances and activities they host to fund the YAC Scholarships, two $500 scholarships given to a boy and a girl graduating from GMHS. The scholarship is awarded to “quiet leaders” within the school community that might otherwise go unrecognized. The YAC members take as much joy in giving this scholarship as the winners of the scholarship do in receiving it. This year three of our Senior YAC members and fellow YAC leader Brita Gotberg awarded the 2019 scholarships to graduating Seniors Emily Bennett and Evan Holmes.
The Youth Action Council will be accepting applications for membership from members of next year’s Freshman class.
Interested students should email the Youth Service Bureau to request an application packet firstname.lastname@example.org