When Fellows make a commitment to public service, it’s not some idle promise for the future. It’s a steadfast vow to actively assist Floridians here and now. While Florida Fellows already are active in their home communities, they also spend time during their program year doing hands-on service in the Tallahassee area. These service projects allow Fellows to share their interests and strengths while encouraging young people to become involved citizens. Recent service projects led by Gubernatorial Fellows include:
Warm Hearts Coat and Sweater Drive
Beginning with Class V, each class of Fellows has worked with their agencies throughout the fall to collect coats and sweaters to be donated to local shelters. Through this effort, hundreds of warm coats and sweaters have been collected and donated to North Florida shelter organizations.
Florida Youth Commission:
Members of Class VII chose to undertake a new service project and volunteered to help with the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet’s new Florida Youth Commission. The Youth Commission is comprised of 12 high school students throughout the state that are nominated by their teachers, guidance counselors, or community members. They are then selected by the Youth Cabinet and serve one-year terms. The purpose of the Youth Commission is to represent youth across the state and serve as an advisory body to the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. A Youth Commission representative attends all Florida Children and Youth Cabinet meetings and provides updates to the Cabinet on current issues facing Florida’s youth.
The members of Class VII act as mentors to the Youth Commissioners, assisting with the creation and organization of the new Commission. Class VII Fellow Kristin Klein noted that, “helping to craft the Youth Commission has been a truly inspiring opportunity, and Florida’s program has become a model for youth representation across the country. We are honored to have been able to work with these bright young leaders and look forward to continuing this outstanding program.”