Jacksonville Youth Council

Jacksonville Youth Council The Jacksonville Youth Council (JYC) primary mission is to give local youth a voice within the local government and to engage peers in community civic activities.
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JYC is open to all Onslow County High School Students. The Jacksonville Youth Council's (JYC) primary mission is to give local youth a voice within the local government and to engage peers in community civic activities. Initially designed to only admit high school students who attend schools in the Jacksonville area, the Jacksonville Youth Council is now open to all high school students within Onslow County. JYC Are Future Leaders A goal of the office is to instill the goal for students to make leaving Jacksonville after education an option, not a requirement. This goal involves building affinity for the community and advancing knowledge among peers about Jacksonville and Onslow County. What JYC Does The JYC elects their own offices and decides the functions and roles they wish to perform. They meet regularly with the city’s elected and appointed officials. Meetings are held monthly in either City Council Chambers or at the Jacksonville Youth Center, both on New Bridge Street in Jacksonville. Youth Council Activities The JYC participates in activities year round including council meetings, spring break, charity and philanthropy, National Day of Service, day trips, city events and ceremonies, the Youth Giving Summit, holiday parade, and more. Want to Join? We can all make a difference in our community. To join the Jacksonville Youth Council, contact Coordinator Carmella George to find out about meetings, programs, and event dates at 910 938-6551.

Mission: To give local youth a voice within the local government and to engage peers in community civic activities.

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The Jacksonville Youth Council is looking forward to a great year in 2021 with the first act of business: Officer Electi...
01/13/2021

The Jacksonville Youth Council is looking forward to a great year in 2021 with the first act of business: Officer Elections. JYC started in October 1998 to serve as a voice for the youth in Onslow County and Camp Lejeune, and 22 years later, we continue to serve as that voice. This is a great opportunity for our youth to become involved in civic activities, and bringing attention to concerns of our youth and help make a difference. All schools are represented in our Council, and we are ready to take on the task in 2021. Submit all nominations and questions to [email protected]. Interested youth contact can contact Pamela Trafton, NIS Coordinator at 910 938-6551.

Members of the HARMONY Grant Board are preparing for the 2021 Grant Season for our Youth Organizations making an impact ...
11/20/2020

Members of the HARMONY Grant Board are preparing for the 2021 Grant Season for our Youth Organizations making an impact in Onslow County. Applications will become available December 11, 2020. You may contact Pamela Trafton at [email protected] or 910 938-6551 for any questions.

11/05/2020
JYC

JYC

The Jacksonville Youth Council held its first meeting on October 27, 1998. As we look back over the past years, the Yout...
10/27/2020

The Jacksonville Youth Council held its first meeting on October 27, 1998. As we look back over the past years, the Youth Council continues to bring forth a positive change for youth in Onslow County. The continual impact is due to the support of our Community and we are excited to welcome new members into our organization.

Do you have an Onslow County or Camp Lejeune high school student in grades 9-12 that is interested in becoming a member? Contact Pamela Trafton at 910 938-6551 or [email protected].

Jacksonville and Onslow County high school students are invited to join JYC! At this time, meetings are being held via F...
10/21/2020

Jacksonville and Onslow County high school students are invited to join JYC! At this time, meetings are being held via Facebook Live and we are looking for more ways to include those who are unable to gather with us for monthly meetings. Until then, join us every first Thursday of the month at 6PM here on Facebook. JacksonvilleNC.gov/JYC

How does one Jacksonville Youth Council member capitalize on social distance? Michayla "MK" Wittner of Southwest High Sc...
09/09/2020

How does one Jacksonville Youth Council member capitalize on social distance? Michayla "MK" Wittner of Southwest High School set a goal to place and/or win the Eastern NC Jr. Golf League, and the Jr. Base Championship. Months of practice and dedication led to the winning the ENC Junior Golf League. We are extremely proud of the hardwork and dedication our Council members are doing in and out of school.

09/04/2020
JYC: Conversations with Jacksonville Police Department

JYC opens the 2020-2021 school year with it's 1st virtual meeting. This meeting includes a presentation from Jacksonville Police on safe driving, followed by a conversation about interacting with law enforcement.

What an awesome accomplishment for our Jacksonville Youth Council Executive Committee Officer Cameron Davis!!!!  We are ...
09/01/2020
Jacksonville military kid wins Elizabeth Dole Foundation's virtual talent contest

What an awesome accomplishment for our Jacksonville Youth Council Executive Committee Officer Cameron Davis!!!! We are proud of the work and service he consistently brings to the Community, while spreading joy across the Nation! A round of applause for Cameron Davis.

Cameron Davis of Jacksonville, was announced as the winner of the 15-18 age group in the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s "Military Kids Have

08/12/2020
Military Kids Have Talent Finale

What an awesome experience for our Jacksonville Youth Council Officer Cameron Davis. Voting closes this Friday, August 14, 12PM. Text "CD" to (512) 855-6431 to vote.

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation's “Military Kids Have Talent” spotlights the children and survivors of our nation’s military service members…

We are pleased to recognize Jacksonville Youth Council Officer, Cameron Davis, Executive Seat at Large - Onslow Early Co...
07/30/2020
Onslow Early College senior a finalist in military talent show

We are pleased to recognize Jacksonville Youth Council Officer, Cameron Davis, Executive Seat at Large - Onslow Early College, who will compete in the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's "Military Kids Have Talent" contest. Join us on Friday, July 31, at 8PM on the Elizabeth Dole Foundation's page at http://www.facebook.com/elizabethdolefoundation.

One Jacksonville teenager has been chosen as a finalist in a national talent competition for doing what he has been doing his entire life, singing.Cameron

JYC 2020 Graduate Spotlight: Sending our graduating seniors a big congrats on their accomplishments and best wishes for ...
06/23/2020

JYC 2020 Graduate Spotlight: Sending our graduating seniors a big congrats on their accomplishments and best wishes for future endeavors! We know you will do great things.

Are you a member of the Jacksonville Youth Council and a 2020 Graduate? You can be included in our spotlight on social media and G10TV by emailing a cap and gown photo to Pamela Trafton, [email protected], by June 29.

05/27/2020

2020 Jacksonville Youth Council seniors we miss you. We are asking all graduating JYC Seniors to contact Pamela Trafton by Friday, May 29, 4PM at 910 938-6551 or send an email to [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

Jacksonville Youth Council goes virtual - The Jacksonville Youth Council officers and members of the Council took an opp...
05/08/2020

Jacksonville Youth Council goes virtual - The Jacksonville Youth Council officers and members of the Council took an opportunity during this stay at home order to check in through a virtual meeting.
We are asking our JYC 2020 Graduates to contact Pamela Trafton via email at [email protected].
Continue to stay safe during this time.

Governor Roy Cooper has directed the closure of all public schools through at least March 30, 2020.
03/14/2020

Governor Roy Cooper has directed the closure of all public schools through at least March 30, 2020.

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 - 4:38 pm
At a news conference this afternoon, NC Governor Roy Cooper directed the closure of all North Carolina public schools. Beginning Monday, March 16, there is no school for students statewide. This will be at least through March 30.

Dr. Collins and his executive will be meeting tomorrow morning (Sunday, March 15, 2020) to lay out our steps moving forward. We will have more information and guidance to you as soon as possible.

We appreciate your support, understanding and flexibility as we work through this truly unprecedented event.

What an awesome group of energetic, engaged future leaders who took a Saturday from 9-2:30PM to discuss their future thr...
02/08/2020

What an awesome group of energetic, engaged future leaders who took a Saturday from 9-2:30PM to discuss their future through vision and goal setting.

The 2020 Mayor's Youth Summit incorporated self awareness, vision, and goal setting under the direction of Felix Brooks Jr. (UNCW Professor), Brandon Porter (John C. Maxwell trainer), Rodney Johnson, Jr. (Onslow County Teacher), and April Priester (Coastal Carolina Community College Small Business Assistant Director).

Today our future leaders created their own vision boards based off the information received throughout the day.

4th Annual Mayor's Youth Summit hosted by the Jacksonville Youth Council is underway and the youth are engaged with dyna...
02/08/2020

4th Annual Mayor's Youth Summit hosted by the Jacksonville Youth Council is underway and the youth are engaged with dynamic speakers on topics of Vision, Self-awareness, and Goal Setting.
This annual event is an opportunity for our future leaders to learn leadership skills that will help propel them forward in life.

Meet your Mayor's Youth Summit speaker April PriesterApril Priester, a graduate of White Oak HS spent 22 years seeing th...
02/04/2020

Meet your Mayor's Youth Summit speaker April Priester

April Priester, a graduate of White Oak HS spent 22 years seeing the world and had the opportunity to work in a variety of industries including healthcare, education, banking, and finance. She is a CUNA Certified Lender, a Certified Financial Educator, and a Certified Entrepreneurial Mindset Facilitator. She holds a BSOE from Wayland Baptist University, MBA from Capella University, and is a proud member of both ΦΘΚ and ΔΜΔ honor societies. April currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Small Business Center at Coastal Carolina Community College, Chair of the Small Business Council at the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, and directs her energy daily to help both small for-profit and nonprofit businesses reach their fullest potential.

Register today JacksonvilleNC.gov/Youth

Meet your Mayor's Youth Summit speaker Mr. Rodney JohnsonRodney Johnson Jr. earned his bachelor’s degree from North Caro...
02/04/2020

Meet your Mayor's Youth Summit speaker Mr. Rodney Johnson

Rodney Johnson Jr. earned his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University in May 2016. His Journey in education began in August 2016 as a Career and Technical Education teacher at Northwood’s Park Middle School in Jacksonville, NC. During his first year of teaching he created a leadership summit for students to participate in activities that would demand leadership skills to be produced and created a male mentoring program that is designed to empower young males to be bold, conscious, and confident in going beyond the status quo.

Register today at JacksonvilleNC.gov/Youth.

Meet your Mayor's Youth Summit Speaker Mr. Brandon PorterBrandon Porter is a certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Trainer an...
02/04/2020

Meet your Mayor's Youth Summit Speaker Mr. Brandon Porter

Brandon Porter is a certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Trainer and Speaker. His Professional Speaking career began in 2018, delivering a speech to an audience that consisted of nearly 400 teenagers. It was on that stage where Brandon realized his passion and committed himself to helping our youth discover the greatness that is within each and every one of us. In addition, Brandon is a Serial Entrepreneur. He now leads a successful Real Estate Investment business serving Eastern NC.

Register today JacksonvilleNC.gov/Youth.

Meet your Mayor's Youth Summit Speaker Mr. Felix Brooks, Jr.Felix Brooks Jr. is the former Director of Diversity and Inc...
02/04/2020

Meet your Mayor's Youth Summit Speaker Mr. Felix Brooks, Jr.

Felix Brooks Jr. is the former Director of Diversity and Inclusion and International Admissions at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC), Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to working at KVCC Mr. Brooks served youth and families of the 9th Circuit Court Family Division, Kalamazoo, Michigan for 30 years as a Probation Officer and Director of a youth transition program. Mr. Brooks holds both a BS and MA in Political Science from Western Michigan University.
Mr. Brooks is currently a lecturer at the University North Carolina Wilmington, where he has served since 2016.

Register today, JacksonvilleNC.gov/Youth.

Youth organizations in Onslow County and Camp Lejeune, the deadline to turn in your HARMONY Grant application is next Mo...
01/27/2020
HARMONY | Jacksonville, NC - Official Website

Youth organizations in Onslow County and Camp Lejeune, the deadline to turn in your HARMONY Grant application is next Monday, February 3rd. You may download the application at JacksonvilleNC.gov/HARMONY.

The grants in the past have helped organizations with mentor workshops, back to school sessions, and STEM activity workshops that have benefitted other youth in Onslow County.

If you have any questions, contact Pamela Trafton at 910 938-6551.

Discover how area youth work together, gain new skills, and learn the importance of giving.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service ends with a day of bingo at Premier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the Jack...
01/20/2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service ends with a day of bingo at Premier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the Jacksonville Youth Council.

Jacksonville Youth Council doing good things on a day off.
01/20/2020

Jacksonville Youth Council doing good things on a day off.

Jacksonville Youth Council participating in the MLK Jr Keeping The Dream Alive march from City Hall.

HARMONY Grant applications are due Monday, February 3, 2020: JacksonvilleNC.gov/HARMONYHARMONY = Helping All Reach More ...
01/14/2020

HARMONY Grant applications are due Monday, February 3, 2020: JacksonvilleNC.gov/HARMONY

HARMONY = Helping All Reach More Options Through New Youth Givers

👀 Identify a Community Need
🤔 Devise a Plan to Help
✍️ Apply for the Grant
🦸‍♂️ Make a Difference!

Happy Holidays from the Jacksonville Youth Council. Images are from the Holiday parade on Western Blvd, the holiday even...
12/06/2019

Happy Holidays from the Jacksonville Youth Council. Images are from the Holiday parade on Western Blvd, the holiday event at the Jacksonville Youth Center and throughout the year.

At the Jacksonville Youth Council, your voice is heard. Area HS Students can join now for the rest of the school year. Build your resume, gain leadership skills and participate in recreational activities, programs and meetings. The next meeting will be help January 9, 2020, 6PM at City Hall, 815 New Bridge Street. We hope to see you there!

safeTALK 101 Suicide Prevention training begins today at 9am. The focus today will concentrate on identifying signs of s...
11/02/2019

safeTALK 101 Suicide Prevention training begins today at 9am. The focus today will concentrate on identifying signs of suicide and learning how to help stop it and ask for assistance.

JYC Spotlight Discussion - Vaping The youth have an opportunity to have an open dialogue with Onslow County Public Healt...
10/24/2019

JYC Spotlight Discussion - Vaping
The youth have an opportunity to have an open dialogue with Onslow County Public Health Department, Naval Medical Hospital, and Jacksonville Police Department about the effects of vaping they are experiencing.

Thursday, October 24, 6-7:30PM our youth have an opportunity to interact with medical professionals and the Jacksonville...
10/22/2019

Thursday, October 24, 6-7:30PM our youth have an opportunity to interact with medical professionals and the Jacksonville Police Chief on issues surrounding vaping. They will participate in a roundtable discussion to create dialogue and synergy amongst their peers.
Questions may be submitted ahead of this event by emailing Pamela Trafton at [email protected].

10/14/2019
Jacksonville, NC - Official Website

The Jacksonville Youth Council has some powerful events that are coming up and our youth are invited to attend.

October 24 - Youth Spotlight Discussion on Vaping. What are our youth seeing and what is the dialogue we need to have with them? Youth will get an opportunity to interact with medical professionals and Chief Yaniero of Jacksonville Police Department in this dialogue.

November 2 - safeTALK 101 provides certified training on suicide prevention for youth ages 15+. This training requires registration at jacksonvillenc.gov/YOUTH.

Any questions, please contact Pamela Trafton, 910 938-6551.

US National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC will be at Sturgeon City from 6 to 8PM for the Science Careers Nigh...
09/12/2019

US National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC will be at Sturgeon City from 6 to 8PM for the Science Careers Night.

***Attention Middle and High School Students Living Near Jacksonville***

We gave a talk on hurricane preparedness last night to the Newcomers Club of New Bern. It was a well attended talk with lots of discussion afterwards. Remember the middle of September is the peak of hurricane season.

Tonight we will be at Sturgeon City in Jacksonville from 6 to 8 PM for the Sturgeon City Science Careers Night. This will located in the BRAND NEW Environmental Education Center. Come on down to see us!

09/03/2019

Jacksonville Youth Council will be CANCELED for Thursday, September 5 meeting. We look forward to beginning October 3.

safeTALK 101 scheduled for this Saturday, September 7 has been rescheduled for November 2. No further action is needed from current registered participants.

School Zone Safety: Tips and Reminders to Keep Children and Roadways Safe During the School YearWith the arrival of anot...
08/26/2019

School Zone Safety: Tips and Reminders to Keep Children and Roadways Safe During the School Year

With the arrival of another school year, Jacksonville Police Department wants to remind motorists to be extra cautious when traveling in school areas.

- Watch for children and school buses and be prepared for extended commuting times
- Allow more time for your daily commute
- Teach children safety rules for entering and leaving school
- All drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists should be extra cautious in school zones
- Jacksonville Police will aggressively enforce all traffic regulations in school areas
- Speeding in a school zone is a $250 fine, plus court costs
- Passing a stopped school bus will result in a mandatory court appearance, license points, and insurance increases
- Striking a child while passing a stopped school bus is an automatic felony

School Zone Safety
Tips and Reminders to Keep our Children and Roadways Safe (Posted 8 26 19)

With the arrival of another school year, Jacksonville Police Department wants to remind motorists to be extra cautious when traveling in school areas.

Watch for children and school buses and be prepared for extended commuting times due to school buses and school activities.

“During the first several weeks of school, there is a marked increase in traffic on roadways near schools. Whether transporting children to school or just traveling on city roadways, allow more time for your daily commute” said Lieutenant Sean Magill, Supervisor of JPD’s Field Operations Division.

Parents transporting students to school can help by planning their daily route ahead of time, especially if they are new to the area or school. Allow more time by leaving home earlier for the first several weeks of classes to avoid heavy traffic. Most importantly, teach your children the safety rules to enter and leave school.

Jacksonville Police will aggressively enforce all traffic regulations in school areas to ensure the safety of our children. Non-compliance with traffic regulations can result in expensive fines. “Speeding in a school zone is a $250 fine, plus court costs” said Magill.

Lieutenant Sean Magill stated, “Passing a stopped school bus will result in a mandatory court appearance and is very costly in consideration of license points and insurance increases. The General Assembly passed legislation that increases the minimum fine to $500 and striking a child while passing a stopped school bus is an automatic felony.”

“We want to remind all drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists to be extra cautious in our school zones.” stated Mike Yaniero, Director of Public Safety. “The safety of our children is the priority.”

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804 New Bridge St
Jacksonville, NC
28540

City Hall transit stop is about 400 feet from the Jacksonville Youth Center and City Hall. Call 938-RIDE for help.

General information

JYC is open to all Onslow High School students and holds regular meetings on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6PM at City Hall. The Youth Council also operate and hosts many events at the Jacksonville Youth Center which are all open to high school aged students.

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