The Y St. program is a collaboration with Danville Parks and Recreation, Danville Public Schools, Virginia Tech, and the DRPHC. The partners are currently implementing the first round of the program. Teen leaders, referred to as “Y-Sters,” have completed training and are in the process of creating and implementing a health focused project for the Dan River Region. The goal of the program is to not only create a healthier community, but also develop young leaders that are motivated to serve their neighbors.
Through the program, Danville teens will become social activists and work together to develop and carry out health focused campaigns in Danville. Y-Sters are responsible for generating public awareness and support. Once the public is aware of the campaign, Y-Sters will implement a project or event in the community.
Picture Danville, a partnership between DRPHC, VA Tech, and City of Danville Parks and Recreation’s Youth Council, seeks to give voice to Danville’s youth and motivate social change through the use of photography and active dialogue. In Spring 2014 participating high school students developed and displayed a group photography project that explores issues of diversity and community in Danville. The project culminated with a public photo exhibit in April for both community leaders and members. The exhibit is mobile and will continue to be displayed throughout the city of Danville for the duration of 2014.