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Community Service Project Contest Winners

 

2021 Youth Council Community Service Contest Winners


The 2021 contest entries showcased community service projects performed by municipal youth councils that successfully address specific needs in their local communities.

  • City of Alachua Youth Advisory Council – The “Used Softball/Baseball Equipment Drive for Foster Care Kids" project, created by the City of Alachua Youth Advisory Council ,worked with the University of Florida baseball and softball teams as well as the local Guardian Ad Litem program to collect sports equipment donations for foster children. Working together, members of the youth council formulated an outreach plan to contact local businesses, churches and other community organizations to inquire about setting up collection boxes. If approved, the council placed collection boxes at various locations throughout the city where people could donate items such as baseball and softball bats, gloves, balls and more. In total, the council was able to collect more than 200 sports items.

  • City of Atlantic Beach Youth Council – For their community service project, the City of Atlantic Beach Youth Council partnered with “Blessings in a Backpack,” a national nonprofit organization. The project aimed to fight food insecurity among local elementary school children whose primary source of food is their school. The youth council planned out their project, deciding what contents to include in each backpack. Then, one-by-one, they filled each backpack, labeled and packaged them together for a local elementary school. Each backpack included healthy options such as fruit, tuna, macaroni and cheese, cereal, and peanut butter, as well as a few fun options such as Fruit Roll-Ups and Pop-Tarts. The youth council also included handmade cards of encouragement inside each backpack. Overall, the council exceeded their original expectations by more than 100%, gathering double the amount of supplies necessary for the project.

  • City of Clermont Youth Council – The City of Clermont Youth Council launched the “Homeless Care Pack Project” to help the city’s homeless population. The council decided to create hygiene care packages, which included items such as socks, a razor, soap and more. Each package also included a personal message of support from the city. Additionally, each package was made of reflective material in an effort to help keep members of the homeless community safe as they crossed streets or walked along sidewalks. The youth council then met with the Clermont Police Department for their insight and to learn more about the local homeless population. After learning that the police department regularly interacts with the city’s homeless population, the youth council was able to partner with the department for distribution of the care packages. Once the council prepared the hygiene care packages, they then gave them to the police department to distribute.
     
  • Village of Pinecrest Youth Advisory Council – The Village of Pinecrest Youth Advisory Council set out to educate the community about mental health and raise awareness of its importance. To accomplish this, the council declared a “Mental Health Day” in their community and launched “YOUth,” a series of informational sessions on various mental health topics featuring experts on the issue.

  • City of Pinellas Park TeenWorkX Youth Council – Through their “Holiday Giveback Project,” members of the City of Pinellas Park TeenWorkX Youth Council were able to provide holiday gifts to local homeless children and at-risk youth. The youth council collaborated with Family Resources, a local nonprofit, on the project. They collected clothing, art supplies, games, hygiene products and other items, all of which were to be donated to SafePlace 2B Youth Shelter. Ultimately, the council was able to provide holiday gifts to every child at the shelter. The project was such a success, members of the youth council have decided to make it an annual service project. 
     

2020 Youth Council Community Service Contest Winners


The 2020 contest entries showcased community service projects performed by municipal youth councils that successfully address specific needs in their local communities.

  • City of Alachua Youth Advisory Council – The “Elections Education for Youth” project from the City of Alachua’s Youth Advisory Council focused on educating and empowering youth in the city, state, and national election process. The council, with the help from the county’s Supervisor of Elections’ office, set up a booth at their local high schools to answer questions and to provide information regarding the upcoming election and how to register to vote. The council stated, “Engaging youth in government systems of all levels allows important viewpoints to be heard and provides teens with the ability to shape their futures from the moment they’re able to exercise their right to vote.

  • City of Niceville Youth Advisory Council – The “Twin Cities Pavilion Parade” project from the City of Niceville’s Youth Advisory Council aimed to boost the spirits of the residents the city’s local assisted living facility during the coronavirus pandemic. The council collected letters of encouragement from across the nation, flowers, and other gifts to give out during the parade of over fifty cards. The council stated, “While the project was performed to benefit the elderly, the YAC [Youth Advisory Council] also found joy and pride in participating in a grand community event.”
     
  • City of Tampa Mayor’s Youth Corps and Leadership Council – The “Cyrus Green Community Center Tutoring Program” project from the City of Tampa’s Mayor’s Youth Corps and Leadership Council is an ongoing program that involves tutoring elementary and middle aged students in the aftercare program at the city’s Cyrus Green Community Center. The objective of the program is not only assisting with schoolwork, but to connect with and inspire the youngest residents in the city of Tampa. The youth corps stated, “The kids at Cyrus Greene inspire our youth council to strive for success in everything we do, and there’s nothing more rewarding than knowing you’ve made a positive change in a child’s life.”
     
  • Village of Wellington Youth Council – The “Helping Youth by Providing Empowerment (HYPE) Hall” project from the Village of Wellington’s Youth Council is designed to provide academic support to elementary through middle aged students. The youth council helps the students with homework, along with competing in e-sports and playing board games. The youth council stated, “The overall objective in creating HYPE Hall was for elementary and middle school students to have a safe and welcoming place they can call their own.” 
     
  • City of West Park Youth Council – The “COVID Food Give-A-Ways” project from the City of West Park’s Youth Council was created to help residents in need after the outbreak of the coronavirus. Along with the city, Feeding South Florida and the Broward’s Sheriff’s Office, the council has helped distribute almost half a million pounds of food to the residents of West Park. The council stated, “Our youth council now has a better understanding of the community’s needs and feel like we have been a  apart of creating a difference among many vulnerable people.” 

2019 Youth Council Community Service Contest Winners


The 2019 contest entries showcased community service projects performed by municipal youth councils that successfully address specific needs in their local communities. Video submissions can be viewed below. 

  • City of Boca Raton Community Advisory Panel Youth Subcommittee – The “LEAD Green” project from the City of Boca Raton Community Advisory Panel Youth Subcommittee is a new initiative that empowers and encourages young volunteer groups from different schools throughout the city to collaborate and work together. Their efforts have resulted in several environmental projects across the city including planting trees, rehabilitating nature trails and performing beach cleanups. The goal of “LEAD” is to preserve the environment for future generations, make positive contributions to the City of Boca Raton and its communities, and to raise awareness among residents.

  • City of Haines City Youth Advisory Council – The “Boys & Girls Club Revitalization” project from the City of Haines City Youth Advisory Council was focused on renovating the Dolphus Howard Building, home to the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Club. The youth council worked to clean up and paint both the interior and exterior of the building before adding the final touches on the inside including new games, furniture and electronics for members of the Boys & Girls Club to use.

  • City of Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council – The “Government Shutdown Relief Project” from the City of Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council focused on helping those residents of Homestead who were affected by the shutdown of the federal government. Members of the youth council collected donations of food and everyday necessities such as laundry detergent and toiletries. Those items were then dispensed to residents in need.

  • City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Youth Council – The “Speak Your Mind” project from the City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Youth Council was a town hall event created by students for students. For the event, the council invited a panel of psychologists, therapists, school administrators and the city’s police chief. Students from schools throughout the city were also invited to participate. The goal of the event was to discuss topics such as mental health and school safety and to create an atmosphere in which students could voice their concerns and have their questions answered.

  • City of West Park Youth Council – The “Shoebox for the Homeless” project from the City of West Park Youth Council focused on helping the homeless population within the city. It was created after members of the council noticed an increase in their city’s homeless population. Members filled shoeboxes with toiletries and staple food items, which they then delivered to their city’s police station, which partnered with them for the project. Deputies kept the boxes in their trunks and handed them out to those in need on behalf of the youth council.

2018 Youth Council Community Service Project Contest Winners


In 2018, the League held a community service (volunteer project) contest. Entries showcased current or new youth council projects that address a local need. The winners are listed below. 



2017 Youth Council Competition Winners


In 2017, we hosted a photography contest in which we encouraged youth council members to take a picture of an aspect of your city that you love, and a contest showcasing a youth council community service or volunteer project for a specific, single, citywide effort to successfully address a local need.

Community Service

  • First Place: City of Niceville’s Youth Advisory Council Niceville City Cleanup (Learn more)
  • Second Place: City of West Palm Beach’s Mayor's Youth CouncilGrassy Waters Everglades Preserve (Learn more)
  • Third Place: City of St. Petersburg’s Mayor’s Youth CongressScrubbin’ Da Burg (Learn more)

Photography

  • First Place: City of Dade City’s Youth Council: Cinco De Mayo Parade by Reyes Figueroa
  • Second Place: City of Port Orange’s Youth Advisory Board: City Center Road in Black & White by Emma Dominguez
  • Third Place: City of Gulfport’s Teen Council: Clymer Park by Cameron Althaus

Winning photos are featured below.
Dade City - 1st Place
Port Orange - 2nd Place
Gulfport - 3rd Place