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FRC accepting applications for Teen Advisory Board

Posted: July 6, 2017 5:29 p.m.
Updated: July 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Family Resource Center (FRC) and Teen Health are currently accepting applications from high school students in Kershaw and Lee counties to serve on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Applications are due by Monday. 

TAB is a volunteer board of the FRC, assisting in meeting the needs and interests of Kershaw and Lee county’s teen population with an emphasis on ending teen pregnancy and promoting teen health. TAB members will have the opportunity to plan and promote community activities that deal with the subjects of teen empowerment and teen pregnancy prevention. TAB members will serve for one year and are expected to attend monthly meetings as well as teen programs or events. 

Annie-Marie Branham served on the TAB board and was selected as the FRC Volunteer of the Year for the United Way of Kershaw County’s Volunteer Recognition dinner.

“The Teen Advisory Board is a group of caring high school and college students. The way we work together is phenomenal … working within the community to spread awareness on issues such as teen pregnancy helps to open not only my eyes but also (the eyes of) my peers.” Branham said.

Branham also said the skills she gained were beneficial to her personal growth,

“We learned about how to manage time, be leaders and spread the word about an event,” she said. “These crucial skills have helped at school and I believe everyone in TAB has used them in other places.”

Branham was a student at North Central High School and will be attending Newberry College in the fall to study nursing.

Dymear Atkinson was a member of TAB as a student at Camden High School and is currently a sophomore at Winthrop University.

“I learned a lot about team work. Being on (TAB) is all about people willing to work and do community service,” Atkinson said, who shared that in addition to planning events, he learned how to be an advocate for the clients served at the FRC. “I knew child abuse and sexual abuse existed but didn’t know it was so close to home. It’s something you think you would only see on TV, but it’s in our community. If you suspect something is happening you need to know how to tell someone, you need to be aware.”

Teens serving on the TAB board will meet and interact with other teens, develop leadership and team building skills, serve their community and obtain recognition to use on high school and college applications. In addition, volunteer TAB participants work hours may be applied towards the high school community service requirement. This is a volunteer position, but TAB members will receive a monthly stipend.

Applications are due Monday. After submission, applicants will be contacted to schedule an appointment for an interview. Interviews will be conducted at the FRC office, 1111 Broad St. in Camden, next week. For more information on how to apply, please call Donetta Bracey at the FRC at (803) 425-4357.

The FRC is a partner agency of the United Way of Kershaw County and provides services to victims of sexual or domestic violence. Their mission is to eradicate child abuse, sexual violence and teen pregnancy in our community through awareness and advocacy.


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