Youth Council is a place for teens that want their voice to be heard in our community and desire to be active in improving our neighborhood together. Partners include SEHTA and Texas French Alliance for the Arts.
Visit with Mayor Turner
Youth Council was invited to interview Mayor Sylvester Turner, October 26. 18 Agape teens met with the Mayor in Council Chambers. 5 teens were chosen to ask Mayor Turner questions about his life growing up in Acres Homes, a neighborhood very similar to our OST/South Union neighborhood, as part of their new project. Mayor Turner was so impressed with our youth that afterwords (unscheduled) he invited them all to his private office. Both he and the students were inspired by one another.
Keep Houston Beautiful
Youth Council was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from Keep Houston Beautiful for their poetry mural (on the shipping container out back behind Agape office) completed last school year. November 7, 2016, Max Coleman, whose poem is one of the featured poems on the mural, attended the luncheon to accept the award on behalf of the OST Youth Council. His mom was able to attend, a proud moment for one of our closest families (they have been involved in Agape for over 5 years).
Hug the Hood: Heroes of OST
Youth Council has also been awarded a LARGE grant from State Farm Insurance for our current project.
- The teens are interviewing members of the community to gain an understanding of our neighborhood history, as well as researching and learning about the current issues affecting our area.
- The teens are creating both a written and visual expression of our community past, present, and future (from oral histories of community members as well as teens’ perspectives). We expect this to be in the form of a short book/handout with written short stories and poems, a video/documentary, and photography.
- Teens will present and display the final product to the community through exhibitions at Agape, the local library, etc.
- We expect to be finished by the end of July. Each teen has an assigned role, from the following: photographer, videographer, investigator, writer, publisher, public relations, event planner.
We’re so proud of our neighborhood teens! They work so hard at Youth Council and it pays off!
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