Last night I had the privilege to speak to the Center’s Youth Advisory Council about what I do to help the Center.
Not going to lie, I was pretty nervous about speaking to a group of teenagers, but that didn’t matter. What mattered was these young adults.
Just a few days after Cave Creek announced that they could no longer fund their arts programs (among others), this group showed me that people do still care about art, in all of its forms, and they will do what it takes to keep it accessible.
That photo was taken at about 7:30 last night, on a day when some of those kids had been at school since 6:30am. After a full day of learning, studying, and other practices, they still had the energy to sit down and plan a fundraiser.
They’ll be hosting their fundraiser on March 10 before the Damn Yankees performance. The hope is that they’ll raise enough money for next year’s Youth Advisory Council, and be able to fill the youth arts void left by the schools.
When the schools and their communities can’t help their children, I’m glad to know that a group of teenagers are willing and able to step up to the plate.
When I first started at CCA, I remember meeting a few high school aged volunteers who mentioned they would like to see more opportunities for people their age to be involved in the arts.
You asked, we answered. Everyone, meet the CCA Youth Advisory Council.
It’s for the 13-18 year old who is passionate about the arts, who might like the arts or isn’t sure what the arts encompasses, but wants to branch out.
In short, it’s for everyone (as long as you’re a teenager).
Council members will learn what it’s like to run an arts center, as well as understand the unique opportunities and challenges that CCA faces. Members can get school credit (I’m looking at you, NJHS/NHS members) or if you don’t need the credits, then you have one more gem on your resume when you start applying for scholarships or internships.
We’re accepting applications now, best of luck!
(Also, ask Michelle about the Letters of recommendation. There might be some changes regarding those.)