Greene County Youth Council
The mission statement of the Greene County Youth Council is to nurture high school students in an interactive environment providing skills they can take back to their schools and implement in daily activities, helping them to become effective leaders in the community.
The Greene County Youth Council is a program of the Greene County Partnership and is funded by a $50 membership fee and sponsorships. The council is a community service-oriented group consisting of high school students from all five high schools, grades 9-12, who are dedicated to the all-around improvement of Greeneville and Greene County. The program runs September through May.
Sponsors for the Greene County Youth Council are also sponsors of the Greene County Youth Leadership Program and include Wal-Mart Transportation, The Niswonger Foundation, Takoma Regional Hospital, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, DTR Tennessee, Inc., Greeneville Federal Bank, Life Care Center of Greeneville, Buel and Mildred Brooks Foundation, and Greeneville Light & Power System.
Criteria for certification to the program requires each student to perform 50 hours of community service/volunteer activities, participate in group service projects, and attend Youth Council meetings. Members are required to perform their volunteer work individually and are given opportunities to participate in several group activities planned throughout the school year.
Members of the Youth Council meet one Saturday morning every couple of months. Meetings are generally from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and include lunch. A program is planned for each meeting and a service project is scheduled immediately follow the meeting. Monthly meetings focus on particular topics regarding today's teenagers. Past Youth Council meetings/speakers have included Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, Gifts for Kids, Third Judicial Drug Task Force & Greeneville K-9 Officer and partner, General Sessions Court Judge, State Representatives David Hawk and Eddie Yokley, sessions on drinking and driving, safe driving, road rage, drug/alcohol abuse, peer pressure, finance/credit, interviewing techniques/resume preparation and other topics of interest.
The Greene County Youth Council has been the Volunteer Spirit Award winner in the high school group category for eight consecutive years. This award is presented annually by The Volunteer Center of Greeneville/Greene County and The Greeneville Sun.
Past projects include Freewill Baptist Family Ministries, Embarq Coat Drive, Kids Day, Greeneville Christmas Parade, the Boys & Girls Club Halloween & Christmas parties and Thanksgiving dinner, Gifts for Kids, Feral Friends of Greene County, the Humane Society, Comcare picnic, the Parenting Fair, the Antique & Appraisal Fair, and many other civic and partnership events.
Youth Council Participants
Leadership Greene County
Leadership Greene County is a personal program designed to motivate participants to enhance the quality of their leadership.
Greene County Youth Leadership
The participants in this program are high school upperclassmen representing all five area high schools.
Greene County Youth Council
Engaging high school students in an interactive environment and helping them to become effective leaders in the community.
The Agribusiness Committee, composed of representatives of agriculture businesses and state offices, promotes agriculture in the area.
Green Coat Ambassadors
A select group that assists in hosting monthly breakfasts, gatherings and ground-breaking ceremonies.