June has flown by! Maybe because Elise took off on a ten day vacation or maybe because summer is always like that what
with graduation, new summertime jobs and the much awaited leisure time in the sun or should we say humidity. Either way July is upon us. Who is excited for the fourth and fireworks?!
Before I go any further let’s remember June in all its grandeur! Congratulations to our graduating YAH participants! We wish you the best of luck in your transition into young adulthood. We kicked off work in the rain garden with Hudson High School’s Sustainability Club. For those of you that don’t know, a rain garden allows stormwater to soak into the ground before it runs off thus reducing stormwater pollution from entering local bodies of water and helping prevent road flooding and flooding in poor drainage areas by reducing the water runoff volume. We are now watering and weeding on Mondays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Bring work gloves, and wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet. Sam has a tendency to spray us more than the plants. Also this activity isn’t just for our youth, parents are welcomed!
July brings River Awareness week to Hudson, July 16-20. During that week, YAH and the Phipps Center art camps will be hosting a River Clean-Up on July 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. The St. Croix River association has generously donated bags for us to use to pick up trash along the St. Croix River. Millions of tons of trash end up in our nation’s rivers and streams every year from litter on the ground and illegal dump sites. Trash can contaminate drinking water and threaten the lives of all who depend on it. In the long term, communities benefit both economically and socially from a cleaner, healthier river: increased property values, reduced human health risks and increased recreation. Come keep our community clean!
On Tuesday, July 31 we will be leaving for our Pay It Forward tour with Students Today Leaders Forever. We will be gone 4 nights and 5 days celebrating our tour ,in St. Louis, MO. Along the way we will visit University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA and Knox College in Galesburg, IL. What stands is STLF is a nonprofit based out of Minneapolis, MN, with college chapters and school partnerships spreading through the Midwest and across the country. This opportunity will connect high school students to college chapters and they may get involved with when they attend university and meet a variety of people with the same interests. This will help their adjustment into their freshmen year of college. It isn’t too late to register and we have fundraising opportunities coming up!
Finally we have an IMPORTANT opportunity for PARENTS. Youth Action Hudson is seeking new program committee members and board members. As a program committee member we meet the first Monday every other month. We, the AmeriCorps members, will present ideas for programming at YAH. You will listen to these ideas, make suggestions and pass the proposals along to the Executive Committee which will then be approved at our board meetings. As a board member we meet the third Tuesday every month at 7 a.m. We cannot stress the importance of parent involvement on both our committees and board of directors. We are here for your youth and we would very much like your input.