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Persistence paid off. As of April 27th, North River Youth Coalition is up and running with nine outstanding ambassadors: two from Manatee School for the Arts, four from Palmetto High School, and three from Parrish Community High School.


Since we started near the end of the school year, our first meetings were to get to know each other, discuss ideas for the upcoming school year, and plan a few community service projects for the summer, such as working at the FELT warehouse to clean, organize and paint, helping the North River Firefighter Organization distribute backpacks to well-deserving youth in Rubonia, and cleaning up litter and debris at Emerson Point in Palmetto.


Our plans for the school year are to collaborate with community partners to reduce vaping among local youth and to share healthy strategies for dealing with anxiety and/or stress.