Youth Advisory Council meets with city leaders

Pictured, from left, are YAC Advisor Lisa Fambro, Demetrius King, Patience Martin, Griffin-Spalding School System Superintendent Keith Simmons, Danaysia Thurmond, Ziona Higgins and Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor.

Members of the Griffin-Spalding Youth Advisory Council had the opportunity Friday to speak with city of Griffin leaders about the youth council and some of the projects it does within the community.

Spalding’s YAC is made up of middle and high school-aged teens that serve as peers to other teens in the community. The council also influences the Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families and Children’s youth agenda by sharing from a teen’s perspective.

“We are peer leaders and are responsible for providing direction and guidance on youth-related issues in Griffin-Spalding County,” according to information about the youth council released by the Spalding Collaborative. “We strive to make a positive impact on our generation.”

Advisor of the Griffin-Spalding YAC is Lisa Fambro — who has twice been named the Advisor of the Year by the Georgia Teen Institute.

The local YAC promotes good mental health and self-esteem as well as awareness and consequences of drug and alcohol use, e-vaping and teen pregnancy. Council members also learn local and state laws, prepare for college and for employment, perfect social skills and develop leadership potential.

YAC members also serve the community and are currently collecting blankets and coats for the homeless in the area. The council will also be one of the sponsors of a Safety Trick or Treat Oct. 30 in front of Memorial Stadium on East Poplar Street.

Email Fambro at Lisa@spaldingcollaborative.com for more information and to inquire about enrolling your teen in YAC.