ALPHARETTA – Groups of teenagers are causing adults to raise eyebrows at the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA, but not for doing something inappropriate or disruptive. These teenagers are drawing attention for all of the community service they are doing.
As members of Junior Leaders Club, Senior Leaders Club and Y Generation, the middle and high school students represent a diverse group that complete at least 12 hours of community service each month. Projects include volunteering at the YMCA, soup kitchens and March of Dimes, as well as working with special needs teenagers, gardening at Alpharetta High School and helping with Alpharetta FunFest.
Recently, the teen groups worked with other area YMCAs to pack about 600 shoeboxes with hygiene products and toys to be shipped overseas to provide impoverished children with a better Christmas.
They also participated in Northside Hospital’s Celebration of Lights for the fifth consecutive year, helping to serve food and entertain children with face painting, costumes and arts and crafts. Celebration of Lights is an annual event that raises awareness for the hospital’s cancer research initiative.
In addition to community service, members of these teen organizations maintain at least a B average in school and meet weekly to discuss various topics like social media, anti-bullying, drug prevention and peer pressure.