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Youth Council adds eight members

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The Henderson County Youth Council, an organization that initiates community service projects and advocates for youth leadership opportunities, has added eight new members and will participate in a service project on Sunday at the United Way of Henderson County.

The Youth Council program brings teens from all Henderson County high schools together to advocate for issues impacting youth. Members will have the opportunity to learn new leadership skills and act on a wide variety of topics and issues that affect young adults. The council was founded in 2011 by student leader Drue Stinnent as a way for teens to learn about local government and to have a voice in the community.
Council members will help complete the installation of the new Born Learning Trail on the Oklawaha Greenway.
New members are Bradley Cole, North Henderson High School; Taylor Calloway, North Henderson High School; Moriah Fender, West Henderson High School; Kinley Freeman, North Henderson High School; Michelle Gonzalez, North Henderson High School; Oliver Kompathoum, Hendersonville High School; Annie Grace Plott, North Henderson High School; and Janeissa Romero, Early College.
The 2016-2017 council is made up of Emma Bentley, Balfour Education Center; Michelle Huerta Mendez, East Henderson High School; Hagen Mendrykowski, Hendersonville High School; Genesis Lagos Orsorio, Early College; Alex Ramirez, Early College; Madison Toro, Balfour Education Center; Eli Tyler, East Henderson High School.
The youth council is a partnership of United Way of Henderson County and Hope Rx.