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PYC Welcomes New Members

PYC Welcomes New Members

The Pottawattamie Youth Council (PYC) welcomed 12 new members to participate during the 2015-2016 year. This youth led group, consisting of 26 members from throughout Pottawattamie County, seeks to help youth, children and families in the area through service and philanthropy.

Membership is open to local high school students. Each applied in May. An orientation was held September 20 in Neola to help members learn about philanthropy, grant making, service to others, leadership dynamics, and group work.

“We are very lucky to have such a great group of young people who want to do something that benefits our community. I want to tell others what a fine group of young people we have with a strong desire to serve the community. That’s impressive,” Jessica Rayment said.

The group will meet one to two times monthly throughout the year to learn about community needs/assets, develop leadership skills, lead service opportunities, and participate in philanthropy efforts. Members will grant funds twice yearly to neighborhood-based groups (formal and informal), grass-roots community groups, community based organizations and ad hoc groups for community-driven projects that enhance and strengthen neighborhoods.

Below is a list of members. (* indicates Team Lead)
Courtney Allen, Treynor High School
Cydney Anderson, AHSTW
Emily Casson, Saint Albert
*Mary Casson, Saint Albert
*Olivia Curtis, Underwood
Morgan Dooty, Abraham Lincoln
Jackson Dunning, Saint Albert
Sarah Ehlers, AHSTW
Caroline Faust, Saint Albert
Emily Griffin, Lewis Central
Molly Griffin, Treynor High School
Dane Hansen, Creighton Prep
*Nicole Hilderbrand, Saint Albert
Kayla Jensen, Tri-Center
Grant Mantell, Treynor High School
Melanie McCollough, Underwood
Anne Nagengast, AHSTW
Grace Nagengast, AHSTW
Jordan Ollie, Underwood
Mikayla Olson, Abraham Lincoln
Luke Pearson, Underwood
*Derek Ravlin, Underwood
Alexis Redshaw, Underwood
*Cody Rupp, Abraham Lincoln
Dylan Russmann, AHSTW
Kendrick Umphreys, Treynor High School