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Still time to sign up for Cary's Teen Council

Posted June 27, 2013

There are just a few more days for teens to sign up for Cary's award-winning Teen Council.

Applications are being accepted from rising sixth graders to high school juniors through June 30. Both residents and non-Cary residents can apply.

Teen members get involved in a variety of programs and events throughout the year that focus on recreation, community awareness, service, education, leadership, teamwork, fundraising and recruitment. Each year, about 700 members together contribute more than 11,000 hours of service. 

Teens help out with projects such as the Cary Easter Egg Hunt, Cary Road Race, Dog Days of June and Halloween and Christmas events. This year, the council also hosted Clowning Around for the Cure to benefit pediatric cancer research and put together more than 100 care packages for families staying at the Durham Ronald McDonald House. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from August to May. 

“Our mission is to empower teens with the core values of leadership, accountability and a heart for service,” said Cindi King, assistant community center supervisor and staff liaison to the Cary Teen Council, in a press release. “We accomplish these goals by establishing high standards for behavior and promoting teens to effectively communicate while managing their time and volunteer profiles.”

The council has recently won some big awards. Last month, the North Carolina State Youth Council-Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office named the Cary group the Most Outstanding Council and Most Diverse Council in the state. It also won the Project of the Year Award and the Jefferson Award for Public Service.

Congratulations to the Cary Teen Council! 

For more information and the membership application, click here.

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  • shall6 Jun 28, 2013

    Thank you for your comment! Seems like they offer some great activities for teens. (And I've heard great things about that Safety Town too!).

    Sarah

  • jdnowell Jun 28, 2013

    This is a great group of teenagers! Many of them are currently helping out with the Safety Town program that the Town of Cary offers for rising Kindergarteners. My daughter really enjoys spending time with them!