Bullitt East youth to get involved in helping Main Street program

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By Alex Wimsatt

MOUNT WASHINGTON - For Bullitt East High School students who want to make a difference in their community, get involved in local government and participate in hands-on initiatives to revitalize downtown Mount Washington, the Mount Washington Main Street program has just the thing.

After months of collaboration among school officials and Main Street volunteers, the Mount Washington Main Street Youth Council was recently launched  to allow ambitious, civic minded students the opportunity to earn community service credit while applying their energy and creativity toward the goals of the Main Street program.

The Mount Washington Main Street program began last year after receiving certification from the Kentucky Renaissance on Main program, which is administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council.

A committee made up of dedicated volunteers steer the city-funded program, which focuses on revitalizing downtown through organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring.

Under the supervision of Main Street organizational committee chair, Carolyn Saunders, and BEHS math teacher, Stephanie Brock, Youth Council members will form their own organization and participate in regular meetings; develop rules for conduct of the organization and elect their own leaders; and plan, document, implement and track the progress of program initiatives.

Furthermore, students will participate in Main Street program presentations to other groups and report on activities to the Mount Washington Main Street committee, in addition to attending committee meetings and Mount Washington City Council meetings.

Once Youth Council members become familiar with the program they will be free to explore project ideas and efforts to improve their community.

"We saw this not only as an opportunity to get things done with youthful energy, but for students to earn service hours they need for graduation," said Main Street program manager Dale Salmon. "Obviously kids are very busy, but I hope this will spark some interest for students looking for something out of the ordinary."

Salmon said the program allows students to take on real challenges in the community while taking on leadership roles and learning about team work, project management, parliamentary procedures and civic engagement.

Application forms and further information about the program are available at the BEHS front office or online at bullitteast.org.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 5.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, Bullitt East will host an informational meeting to be held at the library beginning at 6:30 p.m.

All parents and students interested in the program are invited.

For more information, call Salmon at (502) 538-0515 or email inquiries to dsalmon@mtwky.org.