ACT Youth Ambassadors Spread Holiday Cheer to Local Veterans

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Sophia Prandini, a youth ambassador with the ACT program, hands holiday cards to Veteran, Robert Kirnan, to be handed out to fellow veterans during the holiday season at the Vermont Veterans Home. (Holly Pelczynski — Bennington Banner)

When: Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 10:45 AM

Where: Mount Anthony High School, 301 Park Street, Main Lobby

What: Bennington area teens participating in the Alliance for Community Transformations’ (ACT) Youth Ambassador Program present Vermont Veterans’ Home with several hundred holiday cards created by classmates for residents.

 

Why: Youth Ambassadors initiated this service project as a means of supporting our community and intergenerational exchange. Youth Ambassadors act as leaders and as a direct link to their peers on various health related issues. These issues may include topics such as tobacco use, mental health, oral health or food allergies and safety. Youth Ambassadors focus heavily on health issues facing teens, but also those affecting our local community, state and nation. As members of ACT, they give advice and support for youth-targeted projects and represent youth voice in its work. Local teens from Mount Anthony Union High School, Arlington Memorial High School and Grace Christian School and selected through an application process and will be involved with ACT from October 2015 until June 2016.

Veteran, Robert Kirnan accepts handmade holiday cards made by students of MAU and The Grace Christian School, to be handed out to fellow veterans during the holiday season at the Vermont Veterans Home. The cards were made by students who participate in the A.C.T Program which collaborates with community groups and promotes healthy living of teens. (Holly Pelczynski — Bennington Banner)
Youth Ambassadors with the ACT program, gather deliver holiday cards to be handed out to fellow veterans during the holiday season at the Vermont Veterans Home. (Holly Pelczynski — Bennington Banner)

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