2014-2015 City of Concord Youth Council Members
2015 City of Concord Youth Council Executive Board: President, Callie Alvarado; Vice President, Katherine Shue; Secretary, Maddy Bovasso; Finance Chair, Meg Aldridge; Program/Marketing Chair, , and Allyson Finley, Social Chair.
Advisors are Debbie Littlefield, Parks & Recreation Program Coordinator; Taylor Morris, Parks & Recreation Program Specialist and Ron Ferrell, CID, Concord Police.
Youth Council Events
Union Street Live!
Third Thursday May-Sept., Downtown Concord
Union Street Live is a series of outdoor concerts featuring regionally recognized musical entertainment in a family-oriented environment. The series is the third Thursday, May-September. Youth Council volunteers sold raffle tickets and assisted with the monthly drawings for a gift bag full of gift certificates from downtown stores.
Mariana Mendez, chair
Chilly Willy Wednesdays
Every Wednesday we did a cool activity and theme with kids, such as, Bright As the Sky Tie Dye, Fun With the Sun, Watermelon Wednesday, Super Soaking Summer Day, Muddy Buddy, Color Crawl and Supersize Game Day. It was wonderful to spend great quality time with the children who came out to do the fun acitivies!
Loren Waites & Mary Lauren Willis, co-chairs
Family Friendly Fun
Programs included Geocaching, Ballon Busters, Recycled Fort Building and Extreme Team.
Andrew Willis & Seth Kirby, co-chairs
The lives of the animals in the woods around us are a mystery just begging to be explored! During Outdoor Explorers we did just that! From the critters that fly, to those in the creek, we put them all under the microscope, while appreciating the beauty of nature at the same time.
Austin Barbee, chair
Esther's Heart's Backpacks for Hope
Continual through out the school year
Backpacks for Hope is an ongoing project where members make 100 food gifts monthly for Esther's Heart to distribute to eligible elementary aged children.
Maddie Bovasso, chair.
Community Free Clinic
Third Tuesday, continual through out the school year
October - April members volunteer at the Clinic.
Mariana Mendez, chair.
Streetlight 5K Frolic
July 11, Downtown Concord
6 members manned the crafts table, bubble machine and chalk area in the children's area. During the race, some members assisted pedestrian traffic on the race course.
Rachel Silver, chair.
Streetlight 5K & Fun Run
July 11, Downtown Concord & McGee Park
7 members assisted by setting up and manning the runner's food and awards tables and by serving as course marshalls, cheering on the runners and directing them onto the course. Afterwards we helped clean up the area by picking up the traffic cones and trash. Everything went very smoothly.
Anna Silver, chair.
September 20, Kmart parking lot
Safety Palooza was sponsored by Safe Kids, in order to promote all around health and well-being for children in our community. At this event, there was a K9 Unit demonstration, car seat checks, inflatables, painting/crafts, health related vendors, and a silent auction to raise money for Safe Kids. We had twelve volunteers that helped at various stations at Safety Palooza. Youth Council participated in order to sponsor the safe childhood development that is important in becoming active and healthy members of society later in life. Not only was this event beneficial to the volunteers by allowing us to actively interact with children, but it also benefitted the children by allowing them to learn about the importance of safety and health in our community.
Sara Strathmann, chair.
Social: Eat at Moe's "Moe's Monday"
September , Moe's Restaurant
Caitlin Epstein, chair & social committee.
Dog Food Drive
I chaired the Dog Food Drive and had a great group involvement and council participation. I helped donate 62 bags of dog food to Meals on Wheels. Everyone participated at the meeting by bringing in food and/or packing food into a smaller bag so that Meals On Wheels could distribute the food easier. They (Meals On Wheels) were extremely appreciative and even sent me a "thank you" letter for bringing the food to them. (See Attached Images). I think the project was very successful
John Eury, chair.
Dogs’ Day Out
October 18, Les Myers Park
Caroline Fisher & Madison Jenkins, co-chairs
October 31, Downtown Concord
3 volunteers heped children with a coloring craft at the "pirates tent" and another assisted the DJ in the competitions by handing out priezes. There was a great turnout of kids, and we were able to keep everything running smoothly.
Merrill Douglass, chair.
Zombie Laser Tag Social
WW Flowe Park, 99 Central Parks Dr., October 26
Caitlin Epstein, chair & Social Committee
5 Alarm 5K
November 1, Downtown Concord & McGee Park
5 members volunteered by setting up tents, passing out t-shirts, water and fruit to the runners.
Emily Nance, chair.
Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes
16 members filled boxes that will allow children all over the world to experience a happy Chritstmas.
Meg Aldridge, chair.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 21, Downtown Concord
Held in downtown Concord, 12 members were elves assisting Santa, helping people on and off motorized and horse drawn trolleys and manning the crafts table. It was really exciting to see hundreds of people wearing warm coats and gloves ready fo the holidays. It was wonderful seeing how somthing Youth Council participated in would make some people happy!
Callie Alvarado, chair.
December 6, Downtown Concord
9 members helped construct over 100 gingerbread houses prior to the event. On the event day, members assisted children decorate the houses with candy they collected from downtown merchants and businesses. The Youth Council members had fun interacting witht the kids and the kids certainly enjoyed making their own gingerbread houses.
Nicole Ashburn, chair.
Concord Rotary Can-A-Thon
December 13 & 14, Various grocery stores,
Although it was cold, eveyone showed up on time, if not early, to collect food towards feeding the local homeless and impoverished population in Concord during the holidays and into the new year. I received several compliments from Concord Rotary Club members on the helpfulness and cheeriness of our volunteers. 15 Youth Council members volunteered.
Abby Stoddard, chair.
Caitlin Epstein, social chair
Cops & Kids
December 20, Boys & Girls Club/Kmart
7 members showed up early and each were assigned to a law enforcement officer and child, who they helped throughout the day. The officers lined their cars up and paraded with flashing lights and sirens to Kmart, were the children picked out toys and clothes! The kids were super excited and had fun shopping. When done, we all headed back to the Boys & Girls Club where pizza was served. Overall it was a good experience and I am glad I had a chance to participate.
Austin Gregory, chair.
Blankets for Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital
Ugoji Nwanaji, chair.
Operation: Teddy Bear Drop
February 9, Build-A-Bear Workshop @ Concord Mills
Anna Hathcock, chair.
Social: CiCi's Pizza
Jan. 23, 24, 30, 31, Feb. 6, 7 Old Courthouse Theatre
Meg Aldridge & Raina Meyer, co-chairs.
Valentines 2 Seniors
February 12, location TBD
John Edwards, chair.
Concord on Canvas
March 13, Hotel Concord
Caitlin Epstein, Mitchell Eveland, William Brazil and I helped with this Concord Downtown Development Corporation event by greeting guests as they entered the Hotel Concord and taking their tickets. During the live auction we transported the paintings from the main floor to the ballroom. It was great getting to see all the local artists and their artwork. We had a lot of fun assisting the event.
Merrill Douglass, chair
March 7, Concord Library
Symira Squires, chair.
Bunny Run Festival
April 4, Downtown Concord
Lia Esposito, chair.
5K Bunny Run
April 4, Downtown Concord & McGee Park
Katherine Shue, chair.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
TBD, Dave & Busters
Spring Into Arts Festival
May 2, Downtown Concord
Madelynn Bovasso and Riley Olson, co-chairs.
May 18, Hotel Concord