Friday, January 28, 2011

Volunteer to Share Your Life and Work Experiences with Local Teens

The Buckingham Youth Brigade (BYB) is a teen leadership group that helps local, mostly immigrant, teens become active leaders within their community through civic engagement and community service. BYB works out of the Lubber Run Community Center on Wednesday evenings.

Currently, BYB is recruiting volunteers interested in sharing a life experience, current or past job, interesting hobby, or special skill with their group. Past speakers have included government officials, poetry gurus, nurses, and previous Peace Corps volunteers. Hearing from special guests helps prepare the students for their futures, introduces them to careers and opportunities they may have never considered, and helps them learn new skills.

In addition to the weekly meetings, the group is very active in the community. BYB has taken field trips to places such as the Sullivan House and the Capitol. The teens are also active volunteers and have helped at events such as The Walk for the Homeless. They also donated homemade holiday cards for clients during a visit to Arlington's Emergency Winter Shelter. And, BYB recently attended the Arlington Budget Meeting and the Arlington Public Schools Strategic Planning Meeting.

If you would like to share your experience or interests with the group, BYB would love to have you as a guest speaker. Or, if you know of an organization that needs extra support, they would be delighted to hear from you.

Anyone interested in speaking to the group and helping the students develop into well-rounded, forward-thinkers is encouraged to contact Alyssa Duda, BYB Program Coordinator, at 703-302-5140.

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