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"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." Margaret J. Wheatley

Join Our North River Youth Coalition

By, With & For Youth

One of our great joys is knowing that the Manatee County North River communities value the future of our youth. We know when given the opportunity to be in community leadership roles, they can add authenticity, enthusiasm, and their unique experiences. This is why we have formed a North River Youth Coalition for teens ages 14-18.


Our coalition is "By, With & For Youth", meaning that the members drive the culture and direction of the coalition. They have equal input, share credit and accountability for the coalition, and collaborate with board members, local business owners and government leaders.

What are the benefits of joining?

  • having your voice heard & making a difference in the community

  • developing your leadership, communication & collaboration skills

  • meeting new people, forming lasting friendships & having fun

  • community service & scholarship opportunities

  • gaining experience that will last a lifetime


What are the requirements to join?

  • committed to living a drug & alcohol free lifestyle

  • a current GPA of 2.5, or higher

  • possess leadership qualities

  • involvement in school, church and/or community extra-curricular activities

  • volunteer experience and/or contributed to the community in some way

  • reside or attend school in Palmetto, Ellenton, Parrish or Rubonia


If you would like to apply for one of the youth ambassador spots on our coalition, please fill out the online application; the link is provided below. Meetings are once or twice a month, generally on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm, in Palmetto at our office or at the Rocky Bluff Library in Ellenton.  Those selected will be expected to commit to maintaining good grades, living a drug- and alcohol- free lifestyle, and serving as a community leader and youth ambassador.

Accepting Applications for 2021-2022

Youth in Action


2021 mid-year event

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YIA teams working on their SPF
YIA teams working on their SPF

Rock Paper Scissors competition
Rock Paper Scissors competition

PHS representing on the beam in the trees
PHS representing on the beam in the trees

YIA teams working on their SPF
YIA teams working on their SPF


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