Six past SYC members at a leadership retreat in Nashville, Tennessee!
Playing games at the SYC Kickoff
OUR MISSION IS TO ESTABLISH PRIDE IN OUR COMMUNITY BY BEING A POSITIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT. WE IMPACT ALL GENERATIONS BY CREATING MUTUAL RESPECT THROUGH SERVICE AND THROUGH THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STATE, AND OURSELVES. TOGETHER WE ARE ACTING ON A PASSION FOR CHANGE AND IMPROVEMENT. The Shawnee Youth Coalition (SYC) was established for youth and led by youth. We believe that we can act as leaders and decision-makers in helping address the issues that affect our lives and our community. We do this through service because we believe that the best way to lead is by example.
In 2002, adults in our community decided it was past time to give youth a voice. Through the efforts of these adults, Shawnee Youth Coalition took root and has been growing ever since. We are a branch of the nonprofit organization, Gateway to Prevention and Recovery, which helps to serve those with alcohol and drug addictions and to prevent those addictions before they begin.