Local teens volunteer their weekend hours to help their community

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Youth City Council and Future Farmers of America folded shirts for Monument Health’s ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink Campaign.’

“A year ago today, I actually did my first thing with the Rapid City Youth Council which was this folding t-shirt thing,” says Tae Swanson, Secretary of Rapid City Youth City Council. “So it’s actually really nice to come back for the second year and see all the new people who are coming in.”

Some friendly folding competition took off between FFA and Rapid City Youth City Council.

“This is a really good cause, and also the breast cancer awareness is something that’s close to my family,” explains Elliot Hendrix, Secretary of Rapid City FFA Officer Team. “We’ve got actually right now a family of ours that’s fighting it right now so it’s a little bit of a personal reason too.”

Together, they folded about 4,000 shirts, which go on sale here on Monday.

Bailey Ellis, Research and Events Coordinator for Monument, explained that shirts can be purchased online as well as at the upcoming stock show.

“They’ll be $18 and then we’ll be selling those throughout the month of January and through the stock show,” Ellis says. 

This was just one of many events that Rapid City Youth City Council helps with.

“I’m part of the mental health committee , and so in that subcommittee that we have for the Youth City Council, we’ll do projects,” adds Evyenia Gillen, Rapid City Youth City Council Member. “Like we’ve done a rock project where we painted rocks and sent them out to the community for others to have.”

They also have the opportunity to learn about local government from local leaders.

“A couple of the city council members work closely with us so we do get to learn from them a lot and we report about what happens at their meetings at our meetings,” says Kaitlynn Wellman, Rapid City Youth City Council Member. 

FFA and Rapid City Youth City Council folds shirts at MonumentMeanwhile, the FFA students get involved around projects around town.

“We do a lot of community drives from soup kitchens to things like these to supporting 4-H and other organizations and I really enjoy being able to get out there and help other people,” Ethan Hendrix, Sentinel with Rapid City FFA, says.

Peyton Swallow, Cultural Relations Chair for Rapid City Youth City Council, feels fortunate to be supporting her community. 

“I just look forward to making Rapid City a better place overall and making everybody feel more comfortable and accepted here because I do think Rapid City has a lot of potential that I would love to expand,” Swallow says.

From both groups, students are simply happy to be making a difference at home.

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