Local Youth Share Their Hopes for the Future
Reading, PA – The Youth Advisory Board for Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC), Reading, led by VOiCEup Berks, is hosting an art exhibit during the month of February, culminating in a public reception on Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 2-4 pm at the Berks County Community Foundation. Students in grades K-12 were invited to submit visual and written expressions of what inspires their hope for the future. All ages are welcome to attend.
The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of students in grades 10 and 11 from various high schools across Berks County who come together to determine community issues that are important to them and to seek ways to address those issues by igniting positive change. This year, the Youth Advisory Board’s hope for the future includes a healthy planet and clean environment. In addition to viewing the artwork, the reception will also host hands-on service projects including collecting aluminum cans for recycling, creating environmentally friendly plant pots from newspaper, and crafting postcards with messages of hope for the students affected by the school shooting in Parkland, FL.
The exhibit will include a piece of community art (photo attached) that was created by YVC of Reading members, under the direction of Mike Miller, as part of an MLK Day service project. This piece, inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community, highlights the hopes of the youth in our community and serves as an anchor for the entire exhibit.
Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading’s mission is to create volunteer opportunities to address community needs and to inspire youth for a lifetime commitment to service. Hosted by VOiCEup Berks, YVC of Reading coordinates service projects for youth ages 11 to 18 after school, on weekends and during the summer. Find out more at voiceupberks.org.