We are increasingly challenged to explain the significance of the events of September 11th, 2001 to America’s young people – most of whom have no first-hand memory of the occasion. In partnership with Save the Children, 9/11 Day, the Corporation for National & Community Service, and Youth Service America, youth leaders at Tri-County Youth Services Bureau held a Prep Rally on Saturday, September 10th from 11:00am to 2:00pm at its 75 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf, MD location.
Youth leaders from the summer youth employment program promoted emergency preparedness as part of the event, covering the basics of getting ready for disasters, including: recognizing risks, planning ahead, gathering wise supplies, and what to do during a disaster. Prior to the event the youth leaders prepared emergency kits, folders with materials, and at the event explained table top displays that focused on preparing for emergencies and natural disasters like fires, tornadoes, the Zika Virus, and hurricanes.
Captain Stephen Salvas represented the Charles County Sheriff and spoke to those present about the impact of 9/11 and of the important role that first responders play when there is an emergency. “We at the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are part of the community, and are servants of the people. In addition to protecting the residents, we also develop relationships that lead to safer communities”, Captain Salvas told those gathered for the event.
Ms. Laurel James, Executive Director of the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau thanked the youth and volunteers who had put much time and effort in the service project. “Today’s activities are a testimony to the talent that lies within our young people. The Bureau offers a safe space for youth to develop their leadership qualities, encouraging other youth to volunteer and to develop a sense of civic responsibility”, commented Ms. James.
Young people who are interested in completing community service hours are encouraged to contact the Youth Services Bureau at info@tcysb.org to discuss available opportunities. uws_sept11[1]