Youth Programs Coordinator: Patti Panetti
** 2019-2020 Youth Grants Application Now Available in the Grants Section Below **
Youth and Teens:
While many Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism programs are available for young people, three programs are specifically geared to middle school and high school students, allowing them leadership and volunteer opportunities. Additionally, the Rock Hill Commission for Children and Youth is leading an awareness campaign called: “The #1 Question: Is It Good For the Children?” You can find out more about these programs below.
Rock Hill Youth Council
The Rock Hill Youth Council provides high school students an active role in addressing youth related issues. The group coordinates an annual Youth Service Day and administers youth grants. The Youth Council is an advisory group to the Commission for Children and Youth and is comprised of high school students, including public, private and home schooled students.
The Youth Council evaluates and reviews problems facing youth in the community, promotes positive youth developments, promotes public awareness of the strengths and abilities of youth, and provides opportunities for participation in community projects.Youth Council members are selected through an application process, interviewed by current members and approved by the Commission for Children and Youth. Applications are typically accepted in April or May.
Youth Council Grants Program
The Rock Hill Youth Council wants to help youth organizations make a positive impact on the local community! The Youth Council Grants program awards grants of up to $500 for youth-led projects. Projects may range from helping organizations with special needs to planning fun events for youth. Decisions about grants are made by members of the Rock Hill Youth Council. These high school students are able to relate to the issues, ideas and enthusiasm of youth grant-seekers. Youth Council members also receive training in the process of making grants. Grant applications are typically taken in the fall of each year.
Youth Service League
The Youth Service League teaches teens and pre-teens about the community and coordinates hundreds of volunteer service hours that these youth give back to the community each year. A school year program is offered during the spring months for eighth graders. This program allows youth to work together planning and carrying out fund raising projects for a charitable organization they have chosen.
A summer program is offered for middle school youth where students volunteer at schools, non-profit organizations, the library, the City of Rock Hill, and many other locations. In addition to providing volunteer service, these teens gain valuable experience in a service-related or business setting. Students are nominated for the Youth Service League programs by their middle school counselors.
"The #1 Question: Is It Good For the Children?"
In 2006, Rock Hill’s Commission for Children and Youth adopted an awareness campaign called “The #1 Question: Is It Good For the Children?” The campaign encourages everyone to make this simple and elegant question part of their daily language: in homes, in neighborhood activities, at work, in board rooms, in places of worship, in schools, and in every corner of the community where decisions are made. By asking “Is It Good For the Children” whenever a decision is made, Rock Hill can improve life for its young people. For more information on this campaign, visit www.TheNumberOneQuestion.com If you are interested in assisting with the campaign or receiving more information, call staff liaison Garnet McKeown at 803-329-5658 or Patti Panetti at 803-329-5625.
Rock Hill Commission for Children and Youth