Youth Advocates for Change open house for 6th-12th graders to be held Sept 18
Open House! Milton Youth Advocates for Change is holding an Open House for 6th – 12th graders from Milton on Saturday, September 18th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the lawn in front of Town Hall. There will be food, music, and games! Rain date: Sept 19
The Milton Youth Advocates for Change (MYAC) is a youth group sponsored by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. This community-based, youth led, adult supported group is made up of fifteen 6th – 12th graders. During the last six months they have learned leadership skills, started a club that promotes positive mental health called Milton Minds Matter (MMM), developed an Instagram presence (@miltonyouthadvocatesforchange), met town leaders, had an in-person pizza party, held game nights on-line, and joined town leaders for a training on youth – adult partnerships.
“I have really enjoyed meeting people in other grades,” said Abby Taugher, an 11th grader at Milton High School. “When I was collecting donations for women in need, MYAC was really helpful,” added 11th grader, Lilly McLaughlin. All of the members are looking forward to meeting in person at the Wildcat Den starting this fall.
The members of MYAC decide what issues to focus on each year. This past year it was youth mental health, and racial and social justice. Eleventh grader, Bella Baylon, is involved with MYAC as well as Milton Minds Matter. She says that these issues are important “because many teens face them. We hope to educate more people on mental health, racial and social justice, making Milton a more inclusive and supportive community.”
Milton Youth Advocates for Change is open to any 6th through 12th grader who lives in Milton. The group meets about once per week. If you know someone who is interested in joining, or you want to learn more, email MYAC at [email protected]. Follow @miltonyouthadvocatesforchange on Instagram as well.