"When teens lead, teens succeed,” said Susan Landrum, manager of development and outreach at VOX Teen Communications, summing up their approach to youth development through writing and publishing programs.
The idea for the Junior Board of Directors at Hemophilia of Georgia arose in a strategic planning meeting just two years ago. Today, its seven members are working hard to raise awareness of the disorder and support HoG’s work by planning fundraisers, recruiting volunteers, working at events, and representing HoG in their communities.
According to Dickson, the merger idea was tossed between the two well-established organizations for “at least 15 years.” Finally, “both boards felt the time was right: the resources were there, the leadership was there, the momentum and rationale were strong.”
Community Guilds, which provides hands-on job skills learning experiences to students, considered a number of options to get elementary and middle school students to a “maker space”—a studio and workshop for designing and carrying out a range of projects—but the hurdles were high: leasing and renovating a facility was expensive, and transporting kids off-campus means navigating yards of red tape.
After two years of growth in their youth education program, Trees Atlanta decided it was time to pilot a summer camp for their growing cadre of young nature enthusiasts. Modeled after their adult TreeKeepers program (now in its eighth year), Junior TreeKeepers debuted this summer with a two-week curriculum focusing on having fun while learning in the Atlanta BeltLine’s Arboretum—the world’s longest arboretum, installed by Trees Atlanta.