Local high school students serve on Must! Charities Youth Council


Member of People’s Self Help Housing Youth Mentoring Committee.

Volunteers on the youth council of local charities, helps raise funds

– Must! Charities Youth Board invests more than money in its community. Through a strategic nine-month program, local high school students are challenged to look beyond their social circles and identify the social needs facing our community, then volunteer for organizations responding to these needs and creating a fundraising campaign around these causes.

Aspiring philanthropists and community advocates, the council didn’t just seek out organizations that provide services to people in need; but also, sought out volunteer opportunities. Fourteen local high school students, who serve on the youth council, have volunteered more than 150 hours at the SLO Food Bank, People’s Self-Help Housing Camino Fellows and the Boys and Girls Club.

“Teenagers are so easily ignored, but man, they’re a mighty force!” says Kacie Pechota, youth council coordinator. “They have huge hearts and really want to help people, but maybe don’t know how. It’s hard to see the need or make an impact when you’re so far removed from the issues, but once you know better, you do better.

The council is a group of local high school students who are making a positive difference through collaboration and dedication to learning about social needs, organizations that meet those needs, and their responsibility to make a difference for those less fortunate. .

“Few programs are as inspiring and engaging as Must! Charities’ Youth Board,” says Garret Olson, CEO of SLO Food Bank. “Through this program, Must! captures and develops the hearts and minds of our future generation of leaders. compassionate.Volunteering on the Youth Council at the SLO Food Bank[25563]

Through its own vetting process and volunteer experience, the board is now embarking on a fundraising campaign to provide field trips this summer for kids who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. Thanks to local philanthropist DonWitmer, the first $2,500 the council raises will be matched. Not only does he match their donation, but he has championed the expansion of the Youth Council this year and the sponsored program.

To learn more about the Must! Charity fundraising campaigns for charities, visit mustcharities.org or call (805) 226-5788.

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