Crystal Buckingham displaying her leadership skills through her work with Pickens Family Partners.
Youth volunteers are a growing trend. Youth provide enthusiasm, energy and excitement for projects when asked to provide leadership for community endeavors. In turn, the youth are able to develop valuable life skills including planning, conducting, implementing and evaluating projects. In some community projects, youth may discover future career avenues and gain experience in these fields.
Recently Crystal Buckingham, 9th grader at Pickens High School, traveled to the University of Georgia to compete for recognition in the area of community service. Georgia 4-H has a program called Leadership in Action that recognizes the work that Junior and Senior 4-H’ers do as leaders in their communities.
The purpose of the program is to motivate and encourage youth to become active and engaged in local issues and initiatives. Pickens County is part of the Northeast District which had the more teen leaders in grades 9-12 participating in this competition than any other district in Georgia. Projects ranged from acts of kindness to our military, animal rescue, and teaching elementary school children in after school programs all involving hundreds of volunteer hours.
Students had to complete a typed record of their project in the form of answers to open ended questions and support it with pictures and newspaper articles. After submission of their written work, 4-H’ers had to travel to the University of Georgia for an interview with judges. Crystal completed a detailed record of her work with Pickens Family Partners, the Appalachian Judicial Circuit and her after school club called Clover Buddies.
All of these combined helped her to become victorious as one of the two representatives chosen to represent the Northeast district at the state level in the summer. To discover more about Crystal’s project you can look at her Web site: projectthanks.yolasite.com