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Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council Featured at Statewide Summit

Mar 23, 2018

The Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council was a featured program at the “100 Counties: Helping Our Children Thrive” Summit held in Greensboro March 21 – 22.  The summit, sponsored by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, showcased innovative county programs that go above mandated responsibilities.


FCYC Coordinator Crystal Glover provided an overview of the youth-led council and spoke of its positive impact on students, as well as the importance of the support received from Cumberland County and the City of Fayetteville. FCYC is administered through Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation.


Rebecca Mitchell, FCYC president and State Youth Council chair for 2017-2018, participated in a panel discussion about the challenges facing youth and ways counties could help through youth-oriented programs.


“Being a part of ‘100 Counties: Helping Our Children Thrive’ was very important to me. We have a great partnership with Cumberland County and our county commissioners, and I hope that other counties can join on to help their teenagers make a difference in their community,” Glover said. “So many things come from county partnerships and our teenagers need to know that and need that support.”


Mitchell, a senior at Seventy-First High School, has been active in FCYC for three years.


“I learned about the different programs that North Carolina counties have to benefit the youth,” Mitchell said. “I enjoyed being on the panel, so I could express my opinions and thoughts about what needs to change and what impact needs to be made for the youth in the counties.”


The FCYC provides opportunities for young people to learn about local government through engagement with elected officials at county commissioner and city council meetings; receive mentoring; learn how to set goals and plan for college or future careers; and seek positive alternatives to peer pressure.


FCYC’s mission is to serve as a voice for the youth in a youth-led organization, focusing on the betterment and promotion of our community. The FCYC’s community service projects include Global Youth Services Day, Diversity Youth Summit, Kindness Matters Project, MLK Prayer Breakfast Day of Service, Fayetteville Community Garden Clean Up Project, Back to School Teen Explosion Youth Conference and more. FCYC received the State Youth Council’s Most Diverse Youth Council Award in 2017. 


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