Is your teen looking for a way to get involved in the community in the coming year? Why not suggest the Southlake Youth Action Commission? The group is open to all students in grades 7 to 12 who live in Southlake or who attend schools in the Carroll ISD. Additionally, to qualify for SYAC, students must complete an application and have no more than two school absences a year. Memberships must be renewed annually.
What Is the SYAC?
The Southlake Youth Action Commission discusses youth-related issues and brings certain matters to the attention of the City Council. Teens also participate in community service projects. The SYAC meets twice a month during the school year. Meetings take place the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 4 to 5. They are held at the Southlake Town Hall. The next meeting is tomorrow, January 7.
The SYAC also presents its annual Youth of the Year Award. Qualified students must maintain a scholastic average of at least 85% or a 3.5 GPA or above. Teens must also display leadership in their schools, and they must be considered a positive influence on their peers. Only teachers and counselors are qualified to make nominations.
The Importance of Community Involvement
There are a number of reasons to encourage your teen to get involved in the community. The benefits of joining the SYAC (or another teen group) include:
- Giving back: The various charitable and civic activities of the SYAC truly make the community a better place. That in and of itself is reason to join the group.
- Awareness of the greater community: Often, young people to get so wrapped up in their schools and extracurricular activities that they forget there is a wider community out there. Teens who volunteer gain a lifelong appreciation for the needs of others. According to researchers at the University of Nevada Reno, young volunteers are three times more likely to volunteer in adulthood. 81% of adults who volunteered as teens make charitable contributions as adults.
- Leadership skills: Getting involved in civic activities will give teens valuable experience and knowledge of government institutions and activities.
- Enhanced responsibility: The University of Nevada researchers also report that when young people volunteer, they are 50% less likely to smoke, do drugs, get pregnant, or abuse alcohol. They are also more likely to have healthy work ethics as adults.
- Enhanced self-esteem: With the many benefits of community involvement, teens are far more likely to have a healthy self-image and a feeling of connection to their peers, adults, and civic institutions.
As the new year gets into full swing, this is a great time to encourage your child to get involved, whether in the SYAC or a similar group.
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