IMAGINE a community free from discrimination in which every individual is treated with dignity and respect. Community Tampa Bay promotes dialogue and respect among all cultures, religions and races through education, advocacy and conflict mediation. An innovative partnership has been formed between CTB and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and is resulting in a collaboration in their mission to better the lives of children and families in Hillsborough County. This partnership has resulted in the formation of the Hillsborough Youth Collaborative (HYC): a program of Community Tampa Bay.

The HYC is a group of young adults serving as the voice for youth in Hillsborough County. It is a way to engage youth in leadership, service and initiatives to build a better community. Community Tampa Bay trains young people between the ages of 15-20 to become leaders in their communities and advocates for social change. Year round, they meet twice a month for fun, exciting and interactive workshops! Program participants develop their leadership skills, they are supported in taking on initiatives aimed at developing and implementing projects that improve the quality of life for children and families in Hillsborough County. The goal is to engage young people and include their perspective in community service opportunities available through the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.
On this segment CTB staffer Josue Hegg, and HYC members Leena Hasbini (Newsome HS) and Frank Wade (Freedom HS) discussed the activities of HYC and the need for more young people to get involved.

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