YOUTH IMPACT INITIATIVE MAKES A DIFFERENCE AT QUIET WATERS PARK IN BROWARD COUNTY

by Rudy Alvir and Broward County Park Staff

“Thank you again; your group is amazing,” wrote Peter White, a grounds-keeper from the Broward County Park System. With his letter, he also enclosed a web site where an official thank you was posted for those who participated in making a difference at Quiet Waters Park.

For two days, 45 young people and 10 adults from around the State of Florida worked more than 165 hours performing various duties at the park where they: painted a restroom, removed invasive plants from the mountain bike trails, and conducted a waterway cleanup along the shores of three lakes in the park.

This park effort was part of Florida Conference’s Youth Impact Initiative where young people ages 14 to 20 spent a week at their own expense working in the community. The participants also received training in assessment of community needs, Vacation Bible School (VBS), literature distribution, and giving Bible studies.

The young people also served at Cairn Place, a local institution for single mothers and their children, and at the Festival of Hope on Saturday afternoon.