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The YouthInspire board identified winter clothing as its main philanthropic activity. Pictured are (back row, l-r): Aaron Welch, Thanh Vo, Suzanne Polzkill, Nick Hinds, Rose Medill, Brooke Stinson and Jack Rice; (front row, l-r): Ashlie Pankonin, Abby Westfall, Cami Kopetka, Zoe Maurer and Emi McCain.
Sorting through donations from the Dec. 3-7, 2012 winter clothing drive are, left to right, Brooke Stinson of Lincoln Lutheran High School, Emi McCain of Lincoln East High School and Thanh Vo of Lincoln Southwest High School.
Ashlie Pankonin of Lincoln High School can't contain her joy about all the donations received for YouthInspire's first winter clothing drive.
Pleased with the success of YouthInspire's winter clothing drive are, from left, Emi McCain of Lincoln East High School and Ashlie Pankonin of Lincoln High School.
Unloading the many boxes of donations of winterwear for YouthInspire's clothing drive are Zoe Maurer of Lincoln Southeast High School, left, and Ashlie Pankonin, of Lincoln High School.
Zoe Maurer of Lincoln Southeast High School sorts through winter clothing donations to YouthInspire's collection efforts. Two carloads of goods went to the People's City Mission, and another carload was delivered to Cedars.
YouthInspire board of directors have their work cut out for them sorting through winter clothing donations collected from local high schools.
After the collection boxes were picked up from the high schools, YouthInspire board members, from left, Zoe Maurer of Lincoln Southeast High School, Ashlie Pankonin of Lincoln High School, and Rose Medill and Nick Hind, both of Lincoln Pius X High School, donate hours of time to cull through the mounds of donated goods before delivering them to agencies that serve people in need.
When YouthInspire discovered how quickly the Lincoln Public Schools clothing drive ran out of coats and warm clothes, the group decided to reach out to peers to get additional donations to support Lincoln’s youth.
YouthInspire partnered with the LPS high schools, hosted collection bins and advertised the clothing drive to parents, with the help of principals and student councils.
The Winter Clothing Drive collected hundreds of coats, scarves, mittens, hats and boots from families throughout Lincoln. Those items were donated to the People’s City Mission and Cedars and will help to support families and children in need this winter.
YouthInspire, established in 2000, is an entirely youth-run charitable foundation with this mission: “Youth serving youth through their time, talents, and treasures.” YouthInspire is led by an all-student board of directors from high schools throughout Lincoln.
The program is an extension of the youth programming offered through the Larry Arth Youth in Action Center at Leadership Lincoln. The goal of the Youth in Action Center is to develop our youth, give them a voice in the community and teach them at an early age they can make a difference.
For additional information about YouthInspire or youth programming within Leadership Lincoln, Inc. contact Leadership Lincoln at 402-441-4661 or firstname.lastname@example.org.