Barnum and Bailey may have met their match.
Action Team Captains from Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College High School in Denver put the “action” in the Action Team, when they recently planned and organized a graduation recognition event for homeless youth from neighboring Bannock Youth Center.
The Bannock Youth Center, a program administered by Volunteers of America, works with homeless youth ages 16-24 and equips them with the skills needed to be self-sufficient. The Center provides rent and job assistance, parenting classes, GED classes and life skills classes. When a teen graduates from the program they are able to maintain stable housing on their own in addition to a steady job.
The Action Team Captains’ main objective in planning the carnival was to provide the Bannock teens with a fun-filled way to celebrate their achievements. That’s what lead to the planning of an afternoon full of interactive games such as ring toss, balloon darts, sack races, a tin can toss and more.
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher and longtime Action Team supporter, LaTroy Hawkins, joined the fun by hosting a number of the activities, including the balloon dart game. LaTroy offered, what else, dart “pitching” tips to ensure that everyone left a winner.
LaTroy’s presence demonstrated to Action Team Captains and other carnival attendees just how important volunteering is and how it’s something you can do no matter who you are or how old you are.
“My grandmother taught me at a very young age how important it is to give back to our communities,” said LaTroy. “She stressed the value of helping our neighbors in need. No matter where you’re from there’s always someone who can use a helping hand. It’s up to each and every one of us, to be that person lending a hand. I’m very proud of the Action Team Captains, because they are taking a lead role in making their communities better. Just like grandma!”
The carnival provided a lot of laughs and fun for the teens from the Bannock Youth Center and it was a huge success for the Action Team Captains.
Congratulations to all!
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