Local teens volunteer their weekend hours to help their community

RAPID CITY, SD – Rapid City Youth City Council and Future Farmers of America folded shirts for Monument Health’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” campaign.

“A year ago today I did my first thing with the Rapid City Youth Council which was this folding t-shirt thing,” says Tae Swanson, secretary of the Rapid City Youth Council. “So it’s really nice to come back for the second year and see all the new people coming in.

A friendly folding competition has started between the FFA and the Rapid City Youth Council.

“It’s a very good cause, and breast cancer awareness is also close to my family,” explains Elliot Hendrix, Rapid City Secretary FFA Team of officers. “WWe currently have a family of our own that is fighting at the moment, so that’s a bit of a personal reason as well.

Together, they folded around 4,000 shirts, which are put up for sale. here Monday.

Bailey Ellis, research and events coordinator for Monument, explained that the shirts can be purchased online as well as at the next stock show.

“They’ll be $ 18 and then we’ll sell them throughout January and through the market,” Ellis said.

This was just one of many events that the Rapid City Youth Council participates in.

“I am part of the mental health committee, and therefore in this sub-committee that we have for the municipal youth council, we will make projects”, adds Evyenia Gilles, member of the Rapid City Youth Council. “Like we did a rock project where we painted rocks and sent them to the community for others to have.

They also have the opportunity to learn about local government from local leaders.

“Some of the members of the city council work closely with us, so we learn a lot from them and we report on what happens in their meetings during our meetings,” explains Rapid City Youth Council member Kaitlynn Wellman.

Meanwhile, FFA students get involved in projects around the city.

“We have a lot of community campaigns, from soup kitchens and things like this to supporting 4-H and other organizations and I really love being able to go out and help other people. ” Ethan Hendrix, sentry with Rapid City FFA, says.

Peyton Swallow, president of cultural relations for the Rapid City Youth Council, feels fortunate to support her community.

“I just can’t wait to make Rapid City a better place overall and make everyone feel more comfortable and accepted here because I think Rapid City has a lot of potential that I have. ‘would like to expand,’ Swallow said.

Of the two groups, the students are just happy to make a difference at home.

James C. Tibbs