A group in High Point is looking for some willing high school students to help beautify the city.
The pay, which is zero dollars per hour, isn’t good at all, but the experience should prove quite rewarding in its own way.
The Keep High Point Beautiful board announced this week that it’s seeking motivated high school students to join the Keep High Point Beautiful Youth Advisory Council for the 2020-2021 school year. The organization is looking for kids in grades 9 -12 who wish to spend some of the upcoming year doing good work in the community rather than playing video games or posting wacky challenges on social media sites.
Participation in the Youth Advisory Council will include attending bi-monthly Keep High Point Beautiful board meetings – which, of course, are virtual for the time being. Students will also participate in – and help prepare for – litter cleanup events and educational initiatives related to the importance of keeping the city clean.
The youngsters will also provide ideas and insight for new and existing programming and events and help with outreach to peer groups and assisting with “litter indexing” – the system through which High Point measures the severity of litter on roadways, among other programs.
Youth Advisory Council members, by virtue of participating, will also get the chance to be selected for the National Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council.
Rebecca Coplin, the board’s beautification supervisor, said this program is beneficial to the participants as well as to the city as a whole.
“The Keep High Point Beautiful Youth Advisory Council serves as an opportunity for high school students to voice their ideas on how we can improve High Point through beautification while protecting the environment,” Coplin said in a public statement meant to encourage kids to participate. “Youth Advisory Council members have the chance to learn more about the specific environmental challenges that we face in the Piedmont area and gain firsthand experience and knowledge of ways that we can improve our community.”
Safety precautions and protective measures are in place to ensure all board members are protected from the spread of COVID-19as much as possible.
Those interested can download an application at http://www.highpointnc.gov/KHPByouthcouncil. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 16, 202.