They also volunteered “sweat equity” on two Saturdays at a new Habitat home.
“The Youth Leadership students have been a blessing this year for Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, raising funds to help build a home and then volunteering on the construction site, swinging hammers and getting their hands dirty to help a family in need,” Matt Carlson, executive director of the local Habitat affiliate, commented.
“This type of community support and involvement from the Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership group makes it easy to see that Cleveland has some incredible young people who are already stepping forward to be leaders in our schools and community,” he continued.
“The fundraising efforts are another way to give students an opportunity to exercise leadership skills by choosing a captain and working as a team,” explained Sherry Crye, director of workforce development. Fundraising projects included collecting money at ball games, a student/faculty dodge ball game, selling T-shirts and hosting a bake sale.
“We are very proud of their efforts and their willingness to give back to their community,” Crye added.
Youth Leadership is a workforce development program of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce designed to prepare young people for leadership in Cleveland and Bradley County.