Teens help teens stay warm with coat drive

The Mayor’s Youth Council has a coat drive running through March 4 to benefit Grand Rapids teens. New coats, gloves and other winter accessories can be dropped off at eight Grand Rapids Public Library locations.  Donated items will then be distributed to the following community-based organizations: Baxter Community Center, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and AYA Youth Collective.

“Every young person deserves to have a warm coat — period,” Shannon L. Harris, OCC executive director, said. “We especially want to reach teens and young adults who are unhoused and/or experiencing poverty; and I’m thrilled to see teens helping each other to ensure basic needs are being met.”

The Mayor’s Youth Council consists of local teens in grades 9 through 12 who spend a school year learning about the functions of city government. They also give voice to issues of concern to them by facilitating monthly meetings with the mayor, hosting an annual KidSpeak youth forum at City Hall and participating in community service projects.