Youth Ambassadors for a Better Community are located at the Elizabethtown Farmer's Market on Fridays at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and Columbus County Farmer's Market on Saturdays at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
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Men and Women United for Youth and Families, CDC (MWUYF) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Delco, NC that serves underprivileged and at-risk youth in Lower Bladen, Northwestern Brunswick, and Columbus Counties.
We have an outstanding Youth Ambassadors Program which aims to instill leadership, entrepreneurship, and social skills in youth through agriculture and civic engagement. On May 24-26th, our Youth Ambassadors will be hosting their Second Annual Food Justice Summit at Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center. But we need your support to make this thing happen!
Last year’s summit was an incredible achievement! We had over 60 youth from throughout rural Eastern NC in attendance, nearly 100% of whom were youth of color. The goals of this year’s Summit are the same as last year’s: to build awareness around food systems issues, develop skills for advocacy, and empower youth to be change-makers in their communities.
In light of Hurricane Florence, the theme we will focus on this time around is Climate and Food Systems Resiliency– developing a network of youth in rural NC that build power FROM THE GROUND UP to fight climate change and build a more inclusive food system.
To keep the Summit accessible to all, we need to raise a lot of money. And while our accommodations are quite rustic (think cabins in the woods, fire pits, and forest trails…) we still need to fundraise for those accommodations, plus meals and transportation for 80 youth throughout NC. Will you help us? Yes? Awesome! We are so grateful for your generosity! Every little bit helps!
Here’s how far your $$ will go:
$30 pays for meals for 1 youth participants for the entire event
$35 pays housing for 1 youth participant for 1 night
$100 covers the cost of one meeting space for the weekend (of which we need 3)
$150 pays for transportation stipends for one youth group to travel to the retreat center
Men And Women United: Promote Personal And Family Development Through Education And Give Men, Women And Children The Necessary Tools To Become Economically Self- Sufficient Through Programs That Provide Job Skills, Leadership Skills, Hands On Training, Communication Presentation, Critical Thinking Skills And A Network Of Friends To Help Them Grow Into Becoming Strong Leaders Within Their Communities.
Congratulations to Harold Boyd, a sophomore at New Hanover High School. Harold has been selected as one of only 56 high school sophomores in the nation to attend the Telluride Associate Sophomore Seminar (TASS) program at the University of Michigan this summer. TASS is a 6 week immersion program featuring college-level seminars on topics related to critical black and ethnic studies and is free for selected students. Harold is also a Youth Ambassador for a Better Community.
The Youth Ambassadors attended the North Carolina Climate Justice Summit located at Haw River State Park on March 1-3, 2019. The North Carolina Climate Justice Summit is a space for participants to co-create joint projects, share translocal learning, and develop authentic relationships across differences of identity and strategy.
The Youth Ambassadors Awards & Recognition Banquet recognizes our youth for their outstanding contributions to our organization and the community. Together they are making a difference in the areas of environmental stewardship, social justice ans sustainable economic development. This year's guest speaker, Marvin Rothwell, Analytical Solutions Manager UNC Healthcare.
The Annual Car & Truck Show Scholarship Fundraiser due to take place in Riegelwood, NC this Saturday, September 29, 2018 has been postponed. It will be arranged for a later date.
Several Youth Ambassadors were chosen to participate in NC A&T State University-Cooperative Extension 4-H Food Challenge on December 1-3. They were trained on two different curriculums: Texas Food Challenge and Teen Cuisine.
The training objectives:
-Introduce Extension Professionals to the 4-H Food Challenge Program
-Teach participants how to implement the program in your home county
-Provide a hands-on training that will help participants fully understand the program
-Provide participants with helpful tips for implementing the program
The Youth Ambassadors explored grassroots solutions that make our communities more resilient, more equitable and more
West Fraser wood product company hosted a Pre-Employment Skills Training (HRD) Class at the Tri-County Job Center. The students learned essential workplace skills. In addition, they learned proper interviewing techniques and prepared a professional resume.
Olivia from Resourceful Communities and Susie from the Columbus County Farmers Market:
Special guests at our Youth Ambassadors Meeting.
Message from Dr. Patricia Lynch:
Viriginia State University College of Agriculture
Mr. Randolph Keaton:
"As always, it has been a pleasure working with you and your organization in offering young people an opportunity to visit the universities of their choice. As you are aware, I recently joined the Virginia State University family. VSU is also a land-grant university offering 31 undergraduate degree programs, 17 graduate degree programs, 2 doctoral degree programs, and 7 certificate programs. I enjoyed your visits to North Carolina A&T while I was there, and am pleased that you are bringing your students to Virginia State. I hope the students will find it interesting enough to come back for one of our academic programs.
I have discussed your visit with my Chair, Dr. Alice Joyner. The department has several areas of concentration including Dietetics, Fashion Merchandizing, Family and Community, and Family and Consumer Science Education. I have planned several events while you are visiting our campus. Just let me know which ones are no-misses. At the end of the tour, we will have goodie bags with educational information regarding the University, Cooperative Extension, Randolph Farm, College of Agriculture and its Academic Departments. You will be arriving during the Homecoming week, so it will be full of energy. Once you are here, you may decide that there are other opportunities for your students.
Thank you again for the opportunity to allow us to share our programs with your students. Please be safe in your travels, and I look forward to seeing you on October 13.
Tour of the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences and Hospitality Management
Walking tour of the Food Science Research Labs in Agriculture and Extension
Tour the Academic Center of Excellence (Main Library)
Drive Tour of the Randolph Farm
Drive through Old Towne Historic District Petersburg
Students will have lunch in the Jones Dining Hall (lunch meals are $6.46)
Lecture on the Land-Grant missions at HBCUs
Food Safety Demonstration
Fashion History Demonstration
Discussion on Career Choices
Meet with a few students from student organizations (Nutrition & Dietetics; MANNRS; Fashion, Hospitality Management)"
Patricia A. Lynch
Associate Professor, Dietetics
Day 1: Virginia State University College of Agriculture Tour
Day 2: Busch Gardens VA
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