Leadership – Service – Citizenship – Volunteerism!
Charles Pittman III Operations Center – 1800 Herring Avenue
Wilson high school students, from all high schools – public, private, charter or home schooled, are welcome to come hear about the council from current members. Learn about service projects, the membership process and the year’s calendar of events. Parents are welcome as well. Membership is free and open to all high school students in good standing.
Join Wilson Youth Council @ Monthly Meetings!
1st & 3rd Mondays
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Charles Pittman Operations Center
1800 Herring Avenue
To learn more about the council – click here to hear from our Teen Leaders
Click link to see video of Wilson County Special Olympics service project.
Joining WYC is as easy as 1-2-3!
Step 1 – Attend the WYC Open House and WYC Meetings
Step 2 – Complete WYC application by October 1st
Step 3 – Volunteer 10 hours per semester
Click on link to download 2018 WYC Membership Application
Benefits of Wilson Youth Council:
The Wilson Youth Council focuses on leadership development by serving the community.
- Service, Community and Volunteerism are at the core of all we do.
- College applications most often require community service.
- College scholarships are given at a higher rate to students that volunteer in their community.
- Members hold elected positions and lead planning meetings
- Members learn leadership and development decision making skills.
- Teens volunteer at annual community events.
- Active members attend NC State Youth Council Conferences.
- WYC averages about 25 service projects per year.
- Teens research and plan their own community service projects.
10 Years of Awards!
Over the past 11 years, the WYC has received a state level award every year from the Governor’s Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office. Out of approximately 30 councils from across the state, WYC has been recognized for community service, leadership development and membership growth. WYC was recognized as the “Most Outstanding Youth Council” in 2018, 2015, 2014, 2011 and 2008.
Wilson Youth Council Awards:
- 2018 NC Most Outstanding Council
- 2018 NC Youth Council – Scrapbook Award (1st place)
- 2017 NC Youth Council – Scrapbook Award (1st place)
- 2016 NC Youth Council – Scrapbook Award (1st place)
- 2015 Relay for Life – Volunteer Award
- 2015 NC Most Outstanding Council
- 2015 NC Member of the Year: Terrell Saunders
- 2015 NC Service Project of the Year
- 2014 NC Most Outstanding Council
- 2014 NC Youth Member of the Year: Danny Alvarado
- 2014 NC Youth Council – Scrapbook Award (2nd place)
- 2013 NC Youth Council – Scrapbook Award (1st place)
- 2012 NC Most Diverse Youth Council
- 2012 NC Member of the Year: Erika Dietrick
- 2012 NC Youth Council – Scrapbook award (3rd place)
- 2011 NC Most Outstanding Youth Council
- 2011 Spring Quarterly Service Project Award
- 2011 NC State Youth Council – Scrapbook Award (2nd place)
- 2011 Human Relations Commission – Youth on the Move Award – Carolina Arizpe
- 2010 Youth Legislative Assembly – Jimmy Gibbs Award – Manraj Singh
- 2010 Youth on the Move Award – Manraj Singh
- 2009 Youth Legislative Assembly – Jimmy Gibbs Award – Josh Markham
- 2009 NC Youth Council – Scrapbook Award (2nd place)
- 2008 NC Most Outstanding Council
- 2008 Youth Legislative Assembly – Jimmy Gibbs Award – Jaquan Savage
Let’s Avoid the Tragic Headlines – WYC started the SMH project several years ago to combat bullying in all Wilson schools and help prevent Wilson from becoming one of the tragic news reports. The members developed a text-savvy message, “SMH”, which means “shaking my head” as a way to express disapproval, in person, via text, twitter or online. Texting and cyber bullying are replacing face-to-face bullying at a rapid speed. WYC surveyed more than 1,200 students and found bullying is just as prevalent in Wilson as other towns. The project continues each year with new outreach and awarness projects created by student members. WYC collaborates with the Wilson County School system to incorporate programs in schools
Download anti-bullying information below.
NC State Youth Council Conferences:
- Teambuilding Conference
- Service Learning Conference
- Youth Legislative Assembly
- Mini-Grant & College Exploration Conference
- State Awards & Spring Convention
WYC Annual Community Service Projects:
- 1st Fridays on the Lawn
- Back to School Fair – Operation Backpack
- Wilson County Fair
- Trunk ‘N Treat
- Wilson Whirligig Festival
- MLK, Jr. Breakfast
- Human Relations Banquet
- St. Patrick’s Day Bingo at Parkwood Village
- Special Olympics
- WEP Adult Spelling Bee
- HomeRun for Hunger
- and more organized each year by members!
Youth Advisory Committee – YAC Pack:
Members of WYC serve on the Wilson County School Youth Advisory Committee (YAC Pack). Representation from each public high school is selected to meet with the School Administration and Superintendent several times a year to discuss concerns, propose ideas and provide feedback. Serving on YAC Pack is an honor and a commitment.
Ready to join?
Membership applications are available online, in the Human Relations Office and at monthly WYC meetings. Look for a WYC display at each Wilson County high school Open House or Orientation night.
WYC Membership Means Something:
While membership in the council is free, being a member of the Wilson Youth Council is earned. The community depends upon our teens volunteering. To be a member-means something. It’s not just another item to list on your college application or resume. The members work hard and take pride in their organization. To remain active in the council – members must participate, attend meetings regularly and volunteer at least 10 hours per semester. We hold our standards high and expect our members to reach higher!
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Bully prevention handout (PDF)