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August 5, 2017
Contact Community Services - Teen Fest
August 5, 2017 N/A
Save the Date: TeenFest August 5 at Henninger
TeenFest is the creation of the high school students who participate in Contact’s Teen Talk program. Teen Talk is an online multi-media program by, for and about teens as the "Teen Talkers" discuss their challenges and choices regarding relationships, school, alcohol and drugs, and other sensitive topics.
The Teen Talk students created TeenFest because there are few events where teens can have fun and learn in a way that appeals to them. TeenFest features bands and musicians from area high schools, food, giveaways and raffles, and vendor tables with information that helps teens make healthy choices.
More than 400 people attended the 2016 TeenFest at the Palace Theatre in the Eastwood section of Syracuse. The incredibly talented lineup included The Cuddlefish, the 2016 JCC Battle of the Bands winner that recently released its first full-length CD; The Easy with Kidd O’Ryan, who was recently signed to a record label; and Payton Bird, a rising star on the local music scene.
"The students and the performers loved being at the Palace, and the Palace staff was wonderful to work with," said Rachel Tarr, Contact’s Coordinator of Youth Engagement who coordinates Teen Talk. "Our move to Henninger is more about expanding our partnership with the Syracuse City School District and growing this event because there will be more space for vendors and for attendees."
For the 2016 TeenFest, the Teen Talk students created a "Spirit Award" that was presented to Tyler Lamb, who was scheduled to perform at the event but couldn’t make it because he was seriously ill. Sadly, Tyler passed away a few weeks after TeenFest, but the teen organizers will keep his spirit alive by presenting the "Tyler Lamb Spirit Award" at all future TeenFests. The award will be presented to teens who show Tyler’s indomitable spirit.
Information about how to nominate a teen for the Tyler Lamb Spirit Award and other details about TeenFest will become available on the TeenFest website as soon as they’re finalized. In the meantime, you can get a feel for what the 2017 event will be like by checking out some of the media coverage that the 2016 event received from syracuse.com, Bridge Street, and the Ted and Amy and Big Mike radio shows (you’ll find the radio appearances at the top of the Teen Talk podcasts).
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August 11, 2017
Young Leaders - Pump It Forward Friday
August 11, 2017 –
Pump It Forward Friday
“Full Service With a Purpose”
What: Pump It Forward Friday is a fundraiser, run by the Young Leaders United affinity group of the United Way of Central New York, where volunteers pump customers’ gas and clean their windshields for tips. All proceeds go to the United Way Community Program Fund.
When: Friday, August 11, 2017 from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Byrne Dairy Gas Station Locations:
Who: Young Leaders United is an affinity group of the United Way of Central New York. The group is comprised of young and young-at-heart professionals whom are dedicated to bettering their community. Each Young Leader commits $250 and at least 16 hours of community service per year. In turn, they receive community education, leadership education, and networking opportunities.
How: Local companies and organizations, along with Young Leaders United, form teams to compete against one another for the most tips. The winner receives the most-coveted traveling trophy for the “Pump It Forward Friday Championship Team” and bragging rights for a year.
Your Role: YOU can help by volunteering for a shift for your company team, joining the Young Leaders Team, or having your organization contribute as a Company Sponsor with your company’s logo on the sign at a specific station and in promotional materials. YOU can fill up on Friday and Byrne Dairy will donate 5 cents for every gallon of gasoline sold to United Way of Central New York.
For More Information: Contact Emily Winiecki at (315) 428-2225 or email@example.com
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