Children & Youth Issue Team
The 2011 Children & Youth Team hard at work in the CCE!
In addition to the projects and events below, the Children & Youth Team works with the CCE staff to maintain partnerships with and place volunteers at:
- the Child Development Center of Central WV, Inc.
- the Kenneth Honey Rubenstein Juvenile Center
- Upshur County Head Start centers
- Union Elementary School
- Academy Elementary School
- Stockert Youth Center
- Read Aloud West Virginia
Children & Youth Team Hosts First Parents’ Night Out
On November 16, 2011, the WE LEAD Children & Youth team held a night for local parents to drop off their children in order to run some errands or do last-minute holiday shopping. The team, led by Sarah Allen, Sara Morris, and Morgan Perdue, created activity stations and games for the children. They recruited 22 student volunteers to help manage the children and lead the activities and games. Unfortunately, the event was not well-attended by local youth because it was the same day as the death of a local high school student. The group learned a valuable lesson: the best-laid plans can occasionally go awry regardless of the amount of preparedness put into the event!
The Children & Youth team was grateful to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church for donating cookies to the event and First United Methodist Church-Buckhannon for donating board games!
Children & Youth and Campus Groups Participate in Upshur County Children’s Festival
This year, WE LEAD Annual Events Coordinators Laura File, Brittany Johnk, and Andrew VanCamp helped to organize the Upshur County Children’s Festival for over 1,200 children and adults on September 17, 2011. The event offered free food, resources for parents, free items for all ages, and games for the kids. The WE LEAD Children & Youth team provided an activity for the kids to make bookmarks and play with bubbles. The Health & Wellness team explained to more than 130 children the importance of good hand-washing and how to do so using glitter. Everything at the event was free, making it accessible to everyone. Because this was a community event, people took away a new sense of community, as the attendees were both young and old – a diverse group all there for one purpose: enriching kids’ lives.
Participating Wesleyan organizations included Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Xi Delta, Theta Xi, Theta Chi, the Women’s basketball team, the Men’s basketball team, Bonner Scholars, Black Student Union, International Student Organization, WE LEAD Health and Wellness team, WE LEAD Children and Youth team, and Alpha Phi Omega.