By: Value News | Category: Special Interest | Issue: September 2011
Members of the Youth In Action prom committee: Brian Wakley, Joshua Wakley, Levi Crandall, Micaela Crandall, Nick Johnson, Alex Johnson, Alex Smith, Kathryn Smith, Stasia Ford, Ashley Thompson, Ryan Thompson, Brittney Crow and Bryson Crow.
On Saturday, July 23, 2011, the new group Youth In Action (YIA) from Owasso Community Resources held a senior prom for residents at the Sequoyah Pointe Living Center as a celebration of life. The group organized a 1950s-era social event with the intention to not only offer recreational activities for the senior residents, but to also connect with them.
YIA participants began working on the event at the end of May and looked forward to the prom. Together they agreed on the idea and put it into action. Fifteen youth were in charge of the project. They planned the entire event, including photos, music, decorations, food, games and gift bags for each one of the 75 residents of Sequoyah Pointe Living Center in Owasso. YIA’s mission for this project was to say thanks to the seniors, and the chance to give back to them and make them feel that they each are someone important. The youth dressed up in ’50s look to fit the theme, along with some of their parents and staff at the living center.
Youth In Action is one of their newest projects at Owasso Community Resources, explains Executive Director Nadia Guevara. The group is formed of local youth with a desire to create positive social change in the community. “We want to get youth involved in community service and give them the opportunity to see the impact they can have in their own community,” said Guevara. “Youth In Action promotes the ethic of service, fosters leadership and builds community through the actions of our own youth in this community. We hope that through the planning of ‘take action’ projects as members of Youth In Action, young people between the ages of 12 and 18 will learn the importance of volunteering and giving back.”
“We are proud of the work the YIA group has done; with this project, our young people built a small bridge between two totally different generations,” Guevara continued. “The event was a great success; they did a nice job putting everything together. I think everyone had
a great time.” As a community service project, the senior prom gave youth the opportunity to plan an event from start to finish.