Burlington Youth Council
The Burlington Youth Council (BYC) is a community service organization that meets the needs of the Alamance/Burlington middle and high school students. The BYC is the backbone of Thataways, in which they offer suggestions of programs and activities that are held there. This active group of teens volunteer for various events and assists with local programs in the Alamance County area as well as offering activities for themselves. The BYC strives to provide healthy and fun activities for young people around Alamance County.
To become a member of BYC, students must be enrolled in an Alamance County school and maintain satisfactory grades. Members must attend BYC meetings and events on a regular basis. For more information call (336) 222-5134, email, or register online.
- Meeting: Monday nights (September - May) from 6:00-7:00 pm
- Ages: 9th through 12th grade (Junior Members: 6th through 8th grade)
- Cost: Free to join! Register Online
- Location: Thataways Youth Center 1331 Overbrook Rd, Burlington, NC 27215
- Find us on Facebook!
Current 2022 Projects
- Pet Supply Drive: BYC members will collect pet supply products including things like peanut butter, pet food, pet treats, leaches, collars, and more (a full list of donatable items can be found here) for the Burlington Animal Services from October 17th until December 2nd. Items can be dropped off at Thataways, the Gibsonville Library, with a BYC member, or at a local host box set up by members.
- Rec Night: BYC members are choosing to give back! By offering this low-cost program parents can enjoy an evening to themselves while also knowing the cost of admission will contribute to a local charity. Members plan to engage children in games, crafts, a short film, and a just dance party! Register here.
- Activity Books: Paper activity books created by the BYC mailed right to every registered person's house! Books include activities such as word searches, crosswords, mazes, coloring sheets, recipes and more. As a special bonus, each member of the BYC incorporated something original into the book like a letter, poem, or piece of art. Register here.
Previous Projects from 2021:
- Senior Activity Books: Paper activity books created by the BYC mailed right to every registered senior's house! Books included activities such as word searches, crosswords, mazes, coloring sheets, recipes and more. As a special bonus, each member of the BYC incorporated something original into the book like a letter, poem, or piece of art.
- The Generation Chat: A Zoom Call opportunity for seniors in the Burlington area to chat with local BYC members. Members talked about community service projects and other topics.
- Do Good X2 Spring Raffle: The youth council voted to raise $350 in funds to purchase supplies for Allied Churches of Alamance County. To raise those funds the council is sold raffle tickets for $3 each for a chance to win a box of 10 bars of chocolate. And to top off that delicious chocolate, the chocolate company donated a healthy meal to a family in need for every 3 ounces of chocolate sold! (You can check them out as well as the chocolate bar flavors here: https://www.seattlechocolate.com/collections/jcoco-gifts/products/prism-gift-box)
- Restore Green 2021 Earth Day Youth Scavenger Hunt: BYC members encouraged youth to explore their local park or natural area and register to win a prize from the BYC. Find out more about Earth Day 2021: Restore our Earth at earthday.org
Past Events Presented by BYC:
- Battle of the Bands
- Breakfast with Santa
- Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
- Haunted House
- May Day - a teen day in the park
- Middle School Dances
- Valentine's Dances
- Two to Moon Fall Jam
- Wet 'n' Wild Day in the Park
Past Community Service Projects:
- Adopt A Highway
- Christmas Luncheon for Foster Children
- Community Awareness Day
- Make A Difference Day volunteer at the Pet Adoption Center
- Volunteer at the Good Shepherd Community Kitchen
- Visits nursing homes
Past Trips Taken by BYC:
- Appalachian Ski Mountain
- Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Game
- Carolina Panthers Game
- Wet n' Wild
- Kings Dominion
- Myrtle Beach
- State Youth Council conferences held across North Carolina