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Vail Daily column: Student volunteer hopes to inspire others

Beth Pantzer
Youth Leader Spotlight
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily
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For a high school student, the term “community” can encompass a range of locations, from school to a town, to the valley and beyond. As a junior at Battle Mountain High School, Remy Lovett takes any opportunity to reach both small and large communities through service and involvement.

Lovett is a second year member of Eagle River Youth Coalition’s Youth Leaders Council, a local program that brings together students from all seven local high schools to develop service projects around issues the group identifies as important.

“My favorite part about being a member of YLC is being able to represent my school as a youth voice to the public,” Lovett said. “The program gives me an opportunity to work with kids from every high school in the valley. I enjoy planning and executing service learning projects that address a variety of problems within our community.”

Through the current and previous year of YLC, Lovett and the group have identified poverty, environment, substance use, and diversity as a few areas of focus.

“I have learned that there are many great ideas that can come out through collaboration of a group,” Lovett said.

In order to raise awareness about the identified areas, Lovett has participated in Party for the Planet, conducted a penny wars to benefit Bright Future Foundation’s Transitional Housing program, and completed Signs of Suicide training. Last year, Lovett visited Berry Creek Middle School to discuss the dangers of substance abuse and how to prevent it.

“I enjoyed that project because I was able to address an issue I believe in while doing it in a fun and engaging manor that hopefully the kids enjoyed,” she said.

In addition to YLC projects, Lovett has volunteered for Read Across America Day, the Salvation Army bell ringing, World Vision in Denver and the Vail Public Library holiday party. She has also built homes with Habitat for Humanity, volunteered at Tennyson Center for Children in Denver, and participated in fundraisers for Operation Smile, Haitian and Japan Relief and breast and prostate cancer awareness.

“I have always been committed and passionate about community involvement,” she said. ” By staying active in the community, I am able to interact and learn from other people. Community service is also important because it gives a person a sense of purpose while hopefully impacting someone else.”

Lovett is active within the Battle Mountain community, serving on student council, is a Huskies volleyball athlete, and is a member of Future Business Leaders of America and National Honors society. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, painting, reading, horseback riding, target shooting and traveling.

To Lovett, one of the most important aspects of being involved in community service is encouraging others to get involved. She hopes to inspire kids, students, and adults to not hesitate in finding a project of their own that addresses an issue they believe in.

“Get out and get it done,” Lovett advised.

Beth Pantzer is program coordinator for the Eagle River Youth Coalition. The Youth Leaders Council (YLC) is a program of the Eagle River Youth Coalition (ERYC), a local nonprofit organization that offers collaborative prevention programs and services to tackle three main areas that affect the development of teens and adolescent youth including: substance abuse prevention, emotional wellness and mental health promotion, and academic achievement. In addition to YLC, ERYC offers various levels of parenting classes and trainings to community members. For more information, call 970-949-9250 or visit http://www.eagleyouth.org.


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