North River Youth

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

Our 1st Annual Mocktails and Merriment fundraiser was a great success! We could not have done it without the support of our community partners! You can find the winning mocktail recipe HERE!

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Join Our North River Youth Coalition

By, With & For Youth

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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 2022-2023

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