When classes end in the spring, many students find ways to earn money. Others just want a little rest and relaxation. But some students in Columbia spend their summers volunteering for the City. Snowy Li is certainly one of them. Snowy participated in the Youth in Action program the two previous summers, but aged out of the program this year, so she organized Teens in Action for older youth in July.
Teens in Action began with a bang. In just two months, 23 teens accumulated over 217 volunteer hours across ten events such as a stream cleanup at the Al Gustin Golf Course and a block party at Indian Hills.
Volunteer Programs Specialist, Sabrina Lambrecht, says Snowy is “dedicated, dependable, and extremely driven.” Motivating other young people to join and attend projects can be challenging. On the other hand, what is easy for Snowy is motivating herself. “I have always loved the environment, animals, and taking care of others. I find it very fulfilling,” she admits. Snowy also participates in the City’s TreeKeeper and CARP programs.
Congratulations, Snowy! And thank you for your service to Columbia. It’s your work and dedication that inspires other youth to get involved. Teens in Action will continue to participate in activities throughout the year. Any young person grades 10-12 is welcome to join the program. If you would like more information on volunteering for the City, call 874-7499 or visit Volunteer@CoMo.gov.
Written by volunteer Bob Murphy