YMCA Youth Leaders Selected to Serve on Youth Service America’s Youth Council

YMCA Youth Leaders Selected to Serve on Youth Service America’s Youth Council

Two youth leaders heavily involved with teen advocacy efforts at their YMCAs will now have an opportunity to empower youth on a national scale. Carrie Bilenker from the Y in New Jersey and Melanie Kiernan from the Y at Virginia Tech’s campus have been selected to serve on Youth Service America’s Youth Council.  

Youth Service America works to increase opportunities for youth engagement and youth leadership. Bilenker and Kiernan will assist the Youth Council in promoting the message that youth are contributors and leaders, while helping to address critical issues facing communities nationwide.

Bilenker, a senior at Cranford High School in New Jersey, has been involved with the Y for three years. She currently serves as youth governor of the statewide New Jersey YMCA Youth in Government program, and has previously served on the YMCA Council on National Affairs and the YMCA Model United Nations.  

Kiernan, a senior at Virginia Tech, has been involved with the campus’ Y for a number of years. She serves as program leader for the YMCA’s Alternative Breaks program, in which she works to increase student awareness of social justice issues and engagement in community service. She also serves as community outreach volunteer coordinator and chairs the executive board of the campus coalition of YMCAs.

The Y offers a variety of opportunities for youth to become a voice of leadership, to help empower other youth and to give back. Learn more about Education and Leadership opportunities, and Find a Y in your community to get involved.

December 1, 2010              

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