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Students Take Action
An “action team” of young people from Mars Hill and surrounding communities is working on community improvement projects in the Mars Hill area, and invites other young people (ages 16 to 30) in the Mars Hill area to join the group. The group currently is comprised of students in the Mars Hill College Rotaract Club and the Madison High School Interact Club (both associated with the local Rotary Club), but future members do not have to be members of either of those clubs.
The team, called Youth Empowering Leaders and Professionals (YELP), meets each Thursday at 6 pm at Mars Hill College in Marshbanks Hall, room 203. The project is funded by a New Generation Leaders Grant from the North Carolina Rural Center. The center hopes YELP and other programs funded by the grants will help encourage young people to become involved and invested in their rural communities, and stay in those communities rather than feel forced by career opportunities to move to more urban areas.
Project coordinator Miranda Stephens, a Mars Hill College student, said, “The ideas under consideration right now fall under improving communication, aesthetics, business and recreation in the town of Mars Hill. For example, we might use some funds to improve the trail on Bailey Mountain. Other examples could include putting murals in downtown Mars Hill, improving recycling efforts, and helping to fund some purchases that might increase youth interest in the downtown businesses.” According to Stephens, the primary goal is to get youth excited about and invested in being members of the Mars Hill community.
“If any of these ideas sound interesting you should come to our meetings, and help make it happen!” she said.