The Awareness Washington County Class of 2019 is off and running!  The class is comprised of 23 diversified members, all of whom are connected to Washington County.  We have had a great start to our servant leadership venture.  The class first came together at the Spring Mill Inn for an overnight retreat September 13th and 14th.  The class began learning about each other through a variety of gathering and team building exercises.  The retreat also allowed the group to learn and share things about the wonderful community of Washington County.  Each participant received a binder full of tools to help them on their servant leadership journey.  One of the tools used at the retreat, the timeline, helped the group understand the history of our county and how local as well as national events shaped Washington County into the community it is today.  Another tool used at the opening retreat was Learning, Thinking, Working Styles.  This helped the class members start to understand themselves, how they take in information and what they do with it.  More importantly, the class members reported it helped them to better understand co-workers, family members and members of boards on which they serve. 

On the evening of October 4th the class met at City Hall for a scavenger hunt of Salem history.  After the group completed the scavenger hunt the convened at City Hall for a discussion led by Anne Terrell and supper sponsored by Cheddar Depot.  The class then met for a full day on October 25th at the Awareness building and started the day with discussion about how they had used tools learned at the opening retreat in their personal and work life.  Then the class loaded onto a bus for a history tour of Washington County led by Drew Wright.  Drew is a local attorney with a passion for history.  Class members learned surprising facts about Washington County and some even learned new things about their own ancestors.  It is very powerful to stand at a location a learn about events which happened there many decades prior.

The November class meeting will focus on learning more of the servant leadership capacities. It will also include an open discussion with an economic panel consisting of community members representing, county government, real estate, industry, small business, and agriculture. 

The Awareness Washington County Board of Directors are excited to watch as this class develop there servant leadership skills and help to make Washington County a better place for generations to come.

Yvonne and Debbie have been preparing for the 2019 We The Youth class. This year they will be focusing on the theme Leadership Rocks and how that applies to the many aspects of servant leadership. WTY is looking to fill this year’s class with six to eight students from each county high school. During their preparations, Yvonne and Debbie discussed various changes that they were considering for 2019. This year WTY will hold their meetings once a month on a Saturday or Sunday. This change came about so that students wouldn’t have to worry about missing class time at school, homework time, test prep and so on. Students chosen for the program will be rewarded for class attendance and group participation with one excused absence from school at the end of each semester.

Another change the WTY class of 2019 can expect is many opportunities to serve our community. In the past WTY has chosen one or two projects to complete at the end of the class. However, in the last year or two, classes have desired smaller projects to work on through the year. Yvonne and Debbie decided to continue with this trend by adding small projects that would coincide with the Servant Leadership skill on the agenda each month.

Some things will remain the same for WTY. Food, fun and fellowship will continue to be a part of each class. WTY will also continue to primarily meet at the Awareness Washington County building. They will also continue to invite various members of the community share their Servant Leadership stories with the class.

Any student who is interested in the class can find the application below. You may also contact Yvonne or Debbie and they will get one to you. When applications are turned in they must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation. Registration deadline is August 31. WTY and Awareness Washington County will help provide transportation to class for students as needed. There is also tuition assistance available. Tuition for the class is $100.

If you have any questions about the We The Youth class or WTY Alumni group please give Yvonne or Debbie a call.

Click here for a We The Youth Application (pdf)

During these dog days of summer, when we need more time to laze around and blissfully enjoy life, We The Youth Alumni (WTYA) is going to do just that. If you are a graduate of We The Youth from any past class, you're welcome to join us for a cookout on July 20th from 6:00pm to 10:30pm.

The cookout will be at Debbie Mildenburger’s, WTY Co-Director, 6321 N. Scifers Road, Scottsburg, IN 47170. In addition to the cookout there will be a small graduation ceremony for last years class.

If you are able to attend please R.S.V.P. to Debbie (812-752-2278) or Yvonne Maxey (812-620-0282). Yvonne is also Co-Director for WTY.

Left to Right Hannah Kernaghan, Gavan Doan, Kaleb Hooper, Lydia Minton,Gracie Rainbolt, Kennedy Abner and Aiden Minton.

Congratulations to the 2018 Awareness Washington County Graduates! A celebration was held recently to honor the accomplishments of the class at Christies of the Square.  

Members of the 2018 AWC Adult class are Amanda Bills, Brenden Davison, Michelle DeWitt, Rhonda Geralde, Sherry Germann, Trish Guthrie, Tasha Kustes, Casey Miller, Andy Miller, Joni Muchler, Kala Ponder, Karen Ragains, Courtney Stahl, David Voyles, Mark Walker, and Jess Webster. 

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