Members of the 2013-14 Youth Leadership program of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce recently presented a check to Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland. Fundraising efforts for a leadership service project at Bradley Central, Cleveland and Walker Valley High Schools and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School netted almost $1,200 for local building projects. From left are Hannah Chord and Neeley Benton, TCPS; Briley Moore and Kevin Harricharan, CHS; Matt Carlson, Habitat; Brooke Copeland and Ashley Shoemaker, BCHS; and McKenzie Jaynes and Victoria Jones, WVHS.
The 2013-14 Youth Leadership class has raised $1,183.25 for Cleveland’s Habitat for Humanity construction fund this year as part of their service project. The 26 juniors and seniors from Bradley Central, Cleveland and Walker Valley High Schools and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School are also volunteering “sweat equity” by painting and landscaping at Habitat homes and by working in Habitat’s ReStore.
“The Youth Leadership group’s commitment to serving the community has been impressive,” Matt Carlson, executive director of the local Habitat affiliate, said. “The various high school groups from Youth Leadership not only raised money to help build a home but also volunteered on site or in one of our ReStores as a way of giving back to the community. The students have been awesome to work with, and the Youth Leadership program has been an incredible blessing to Habitat and families in need!”
Youth Leadership is a workforce development program of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce designed to prepare young people for leadership in Cleveland and Bradley County.
“Students choose a captain and work as a team in this fundraising effort,” explained Sherry Crye, director of workforce development. “This is another way students can exercise their leadership skills.”
Fundraising projects this year included selling cowbells, a dress-down day and a Teacher Superlative Show.
“We are very proud of their efforts and their willingness to give back to our community,” Ms. Crye said.