Local Student Bridges Gap Between Youth and Volunteering

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A local student in the Corning-Painted Post school district is trying to connect local youth with volunteering opportunities around the community. 

On Wednesday night, sophomore Stephon Folk put on an event which helped connect prospective volunteers with local organizations at the Friendship Baptist Church in Corning. 

There, people of all ages were able to learn about those opportunities with organizations such as the Corning Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army. 

It’s all to try and show local youth what can be done to improve the community, while learning valuable skills. 

“What I’m trying to do is just get more people out to volunteer, and to show the opposite of what society would think of us (youth) as,” Folk said. “I just hope many youth participate and find that volunteering is fun, and actually do it more than once.”

Wednesday’s event was a kick off to an event taking place this weekend that Stephon is putting on with local youth as part of his school project, which includes an overnight involving leadership training and, of course, spending a few hours volunteering. 

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