Athens Mayor's Youth Commission
The Youth Commission accepted grant proposals from the community and voted to fund the following projects that will benefit Athens:
• Family Resource Center - $500
Will fund the Teen Christmas Program to purchase goody bag items for about 50 teens. The Family Resource Center receives student referrals from the local schools and the Family Solutions Program it operates. The teens attend various classes, including at least one class with parents/guardians. Classes they attend include lessons on bullying, career planning and Internet safety. After program completion, the teens receive gift bags filled with socks, blankets, gift cards, toiletry items, food and other gifts.
• Athens-Limestone Community Association: Community Closet Costumes – $225
Will purchase two costumes used to portray former slave turned singer Patti Malone. ALCA has rented the dresses but the company is going out of business. ALCA will store and maintain the costumes and make them available free to groups in the community who are doing living history events and other historic productions.
• Hospice of Limestone County: Camp Hope – $240
Will purchase materials to create “feeling pillows” for campers who attend Camp Hope, a bereavement program for children. The campers can hug the pillow as a reminder of the loved one lost and the support received at the camp. This is for children ages 5 to 15. A quilting group works on the pillows year round.
• Athens Arts League: Art As Our Narrative – $240
Will host the Art As Our Narrative bicentennial art exhibit with a community reception at High Cotton Arts. Funds will provide marketing for the exhibit and food, and music for the reception. The exhibit will include pieces created by High Cotton Arts artists, local students, and quilting guilds that highlight Athens, Limestone County, Mooresville and Alabama’s bicentennial. The reception and exhibit will engage the community in an appreciation of local history and the arts and provide a free cultural event for the community and visitors. In addition, it will allow students to share their creations in a downtown arts incubator.
• Houston Memorial Library and Museum Foundation: Laptop Computer for Genealogical Research – $240
Will purchase a laptop to catalogue its comprehensive collection and provide genealogical research to the community, especially to teach children how to research family history. The goal is to provide people, particularly children, with a sense of belonging, as well as teach them how to perform research and develop an appreciation of history.
• Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation: Storybook Ball and Summer Reading Program – $240
Will provide entertainment for the annual Storybook Ball with the group called “Magical Memories AL.” The performer makes balloon animals, provides music, and serves as a disc jockey. The purpose of the ball and entertainment is to encourage students to complete their summer reading goals and increase their reading skills.
"I am happy you believed in me every step of the way. Thank you for showing me a woman can be anything she wants to be." - Kennedy Brown, former Youth Commission member
The Athens Mayor's Youth Commission won a Main Street Alabama Community Award at the annual banquet in August 2017. The Athens Mayor's Youth Commission won for engaging high school students in civic and community service programs. This includes students learning about downtown-based organizations and historic downtown sites through volunteering at downtown events, creating bicentennial-themed videos and touring iconic sites.