A youth leadership pilot program initiated by Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling is closing its first year with some area events in May.
Young Leaders of Beaufort, headed by retired Department of Defense educator Noel Tillman, encourages community involvement and civic engagement in Beaufort-area middle schools, according to a release from Tillman.
Planning for the group began in October, and 24 students started monthly meetings in January.
The program has included virtual tours of a City Council meeting and a judicial hearing, identifying and discussing historical documents, Earth Day activities, and designing the organization's logo and name, which Keyserling printed on T-shirts.
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Tillman said no public money was used for the program and that the mayor plans to create a fund to help aid youth leadership activities.
Other events planned in May include planting seedlings in Southside Park on May 22, a presentation to City Council on May 26 about the group's accomplishments and a request for support for next year, and a meeting at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park with representatives of Main Street Beaufort followed by a cookout at Keyserling's house.
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