Empowering Teens: A Year of Community Impact  

This year, the BAPA Teen Service Corps program has left a visible mark on our community with over 400 collective service-learning hours! Throughout the school year, these dedicated teens have engaged in a variety of community service projects, showcasing their commitment to making a positive difference. They put meaning behind the motto, Learn, Give, Grow, Lead.  

Most impactful has been their consistent attendance at monthly meetings held at our BAPA office. During each session, community leaders gave their time and shared advice on goal setting, the importance of first impressions, interpersonal skills, facing fears, listening, entrepreneurship, and the importance of giving back to your community.     

As we met for our last official meeting in the school year, several teens interested in the environment created a social media campaign featuring street interviews presenting environment-friendly statistics to our community. They discussed their final production notes and reviewed the interviews captured at their schools and local businesses like our beloved County Fair. This campaign sparked conversations and raised awareness about important environmental issues among our residents that the students had researched and found excitement in presenting.   

Teens from the group with a passion for basketball and giving back worked on their idea of a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The planning took a significant step forward with Beverly/Morgan Park resident and business owner Josh Mercer’s introduction to his longtime friend and former NBA star Alando Tucker. With Tucker’s valuable insights and expertise, the teens were able to refine the purpose behind the tournament, setting the stage for an exciting event that promotes community engagement and healthy competition.   

The meeting concluded with an inspiring call to action, encouraging teens to continue volunteering throughout the summer and fostering plans to collaborate on a minimum to no-waste tournament. This innovative approach demonstrates the Teen Service Corp’s commitment to sustainability and community building.  

As we look to the summer months, stay tuned for more details on the upcoming basketball tournament and other collaborative projects between the Teen Service Corp and BAPA. Let us also applaud these teens for their remarkable dedication and the lasting impact they have made on our community.  

We eagerly anticipate the continuation of this program and the future contributions of these inspiring young changemakers. Together, we will continue to make a positive difference in our neighborhood and beyond. 

 

 

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