A growing local youth group is planning a second-annual trip in the name of education.
Urban Achievements for Youth Education (UAYE) will take local youth on a trip to participate in the second-annual Youth Peace March in Washington. The march is held on Capitol Hill to promote peace and unity among youth and bring awareness to issues involving bullying, violence and a lack of self-esteem.
The trip is scheduled for July 12-15, and in addition to participating in the Youth Peace March, group members will also tour the White House, the Pentagon and the Martin Luther King National Memorial.
UAYE took a total of 12 youth on the trip last year, but the group has grown as a result of staying active throughout the year and has more than doubled as there are currently 29 youth participants.
“Education is what UAYE is all about,” said UAYE Public Relations Liaison Robert Hill. “How much more educational can you get than seeing how our nation is run?”
Hill said group members who participated last year were disappointed to learn that White House tours had to be scheduled 90 days in advance, and they were not able to tour the home of the president. He said all participants are excited to know they will get to take the tour this year.
Hill also pointed out that a donation from Broad River Electric Cooperative (BREC) will help with transportation costs for the trip.
BREC donated $21,000 to 12 non-profit organizations in March, with UAYE receiving $1,000. The donations came from BREC’s Operation Round Up program. Each month, participating BREC members’ account balances are rounded up to the nearest dollar, with the extra change going toward a benevolent fund, which is then distributed through Broad River Electric Charities, Inc. Broad River Electric Charities is governed by a seven-member board representing the cooperative and the three major counties it serves — Cherokee, Union and Spartanburg.
UAYE is looking to raise $5,000 in all to cover the cost of transportation and accommodations for the trip. Hill said costs come to around $150 per child.
To raise the funds, the group will hold several fundraisers, including a food sale to be held on May 29 at Union County Stadium as part of the monthly yard sale.
UAYE is also accepting tax deductible donations, and those who wish to donate may do so by mailing donations to Urban Achievements for Youth Education, P.O. Box 63, Union, SC 29379.
For more information about UAYE, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Catrina Brown at (864) 251-8345.