Youth gather in city for leadership summit


Staff Writer

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Dozens of young leaders have descended on Rocky Mount this weekend for a leadership conference hosted by the Rocky Mount Area Youth Council.

About 80 teenagers from around the state are in town for the annual Mini-Grant Leadership Conference, a program initiated by the Youth Advisory Council in 1977.

Awarded grants range from $100 to $500, supporting a wide range of youth directed projects, said Felisa Hunter, adviser for the local youth council.

“These mini-grants give youth an opportunity to develop program ideas, write grant proposals, present their ideas and implement defined program objectives,” Hunter said.

Youth programs in North Carolina, local government agencies and no-profit organizations interested in developing innovative youth programs directed by youth were invited to apply.

Grant applications required a letter of reference from a local government official or sponsoring agency director.

The three-day conference includes presentations of grants and debates among students regarding grant applications. Students vote on which grants receive funding and the amount of funding each grant receives.

Pepsi Bottling, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Buffalo Wild Wings, IHOP of Rocky Mount and the Pizza Hut on Jeffrey’s Road sponsored the event, which is hosted by the Rocky Mount Area Youth Council and the city’s Human Relations Department.

The youth council is a forum for area high school students in grades ninie through 12 to identify and addresses youth-related issues and problems. Meetings are held September through June on every third Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall.

For more information, contact the Rocky Mount Human Relations Department at 252-972-1184.