Feature Story: STAND
STAND, based in Scott County, Tennessee, is a coalition comprised of community organizations, businesses and individuals focused on the health and well-being of the youth. Earlier this summer, the youth coalition held their first Coalition Carnival to raise awareness about the work of Scott County’s nonprofit organizations and celebrate the end of the school year.
“We have a very active youth coalition that is about 80 members strong and run by a Youth Board. As the popular phrase goes, it is ‘youth-led and adult-guided.’ We let them make the decisions and come up with projects, and they have to do the research,” says Executive Director, Trent Coffey.
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