Saline County-Paron Teen Leaders making a difference
Paron 4-H Teen Leaders are making a difference in Saline County. The youth members in the community are reaching out to less fortunate kids in central Arkansas. Paron 4-H members will be volunteering their time as ambassadors at the Saline County Fair this year. Saline County 4-H group is working to make a difference in rural areas in Perry County, Saline County and Hot Spring County. Youth members are working to gather personal hygiene items for pre-teens and young adults who are removed from their homes for reasons beyond their control. They are also working to gather coats for a coat drive and books for a book exchange program. They are working on these programs to highlight the need in their community and bring attention to the positive impacts teens can have on their community.
Youth members are now attending Quorum Court sessions and Financial Planning committee meetings in an effort to understand how local government works, shadowing the county judge and his staff during school breaks, and visiting the State Capitol to meet legislators. The teens are hoping that the connections being made now encourages better governance and advocacy for rural communities in the future.
Candy Webb, a 4-H group leader for the youth stated, “With the closing of our school it is even more important than before to keep the kids in our community busy and engaged with not only our local needs but also those in our surrounding areas. We will continue to grow partnerships with surrounding areas and organizations in an effort to bring awareness to the needs of rural students and highlight the positive changes our kids are making.”