Youth Area Council (YAC) or also known as the United Way Clubs, is the teen outreach for the United Way. There are clubs in every Williamson County school along with several private schools. As part of this club, teens make a difference in the community by participating in service projects and raising money for charitable organizations. Each year the YAC youth review panel decides where their fundraising dollars will be allocated.
This year, United Way of Williamson County YAC raised a total of $5,200. After reviewing proposals from area non-profit agencies, the YAC allocation committee awarded funding to the following : Williamson County CASA, Sexual Assault Center, Bridges Domestic Violence Center, Boys & Girls Club of Franklin, Literacy Council, and GraceWorks Ministries.
The teens said they felt like they were able to make a difference in the youth population of Williamson County with these investments. This year in particular, they were influenced by immediately impacting children and youth issues, said Carla Arnette of United Way.
Teens pictured above delivering a check to Williamson County CASA: Jayce Arnette—Ravenwood alum Class of ‘13, Sydni Bailey, CASA, AmeriCorps Vista, Reighan Diehl—Ravenwood Class of ‘15, Marianne Schroer, CASA executive director, Felicity Strunce CASA admin assist, Audrey Freshwater CASA advocate supervisor, Cayla O’Hair—Independence (graduated this month at age 16), Faith James—Independence Class of ‘15, Savannah Fulmer—Page Class of ‘14