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Mission Guide

Avondale Youth Council (Official Affiliation with the Avondale Community Council)
Purpose
The purpose of the Youth Council is to merge leadership development, civic engagement,
volunteer opportunities, personal development, cultural awareness and social skills to improve
the daily lives of our youth.
Vision
The Youth Council provides students with social activities in a safe and positive environment,
while promoting individual self-esteem and leadership through participation in meetings,
events, and community service projects. The AYC will offer an open forum to foster
communication, education and information concerning youth and youth-related issues.
Students will be encouraged to develop, plan and implement their ideas.
Objective
1. Increase youth participation in the Avondale community
2. Encourage youth to use their leadership skills to vision, plan and implement change in
our community
3. Give youth a format to express their thoughts and concerns
4. Teach youth to maintain a business, gain entrepreneurial and customer service skills
5. Create a council for youth that models after the Avondale Community Council, Inc.
Goals
1. Build the skills and abilities of young people to be decision-makers and problem solvers
2. Build participants’ individual competencies and leadership abilities
3. Help youth increase their ability to be self-reflective and to think critically about their
experiences and community issues
4. Educate young people about community engagement
5. Support healthy and productive youth-adult partnerships
6. Support positive peer relationships
7. Teach effective communication and public speaking
8. Maintain social media presence
9. Release an end of the year report highlighting accomplishments and lessons learned
10. Celebrate accomplishments
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Avondale Youth Council (Official Affiliation with the Avondale Community Council)
Stipend Guidelines
Members will receive compensation for participation at a $5.00 hourly rate. Yet, every 3 hours
worked, 1 hour is a volunteer hour. For example, if a member worked 6 total hours, they will
only receive compensation for 4 of those hours; while the other 2 hours are volunteer hours.
All stipends will be distributed on the 1st and 3rd week of every month. All stipends must be
claimed within 30 days. If not, members will not receive the stipend earned and will not
recover the money earned for that pay period.
You are eligible for the stipend if you:
1. complete 2 hours of volunteer activities per pay period
2. complete weekly leadership activities
3. attend AYC meetings
4. attend community events or booked events helping other organizations
You are not eligible for the stipend if you are:
1. under a school or AYC suspension
2. not in uniform
3. do not adhere to the code of behavior
Stipends will not be paid for:
1. attending recreation, sports or cultural events
2. attending tutoring sessions
Official Uniform – Supplied by the AYC (uniform may change, students will be notified)
Uniforms must be worn to participate in all activities. The official uniform of the AYC is:
Summer (loss t shirt replacement $10.00)
● AYC shirt
● Black, white, gold short or long sleeve shirt, plain, can be worn underneath the AYC shirt
● Black or khaki pants, no jeans, no leggings, no stretch pants, no skirts
● Belt must be worn at all times
Winter (lost sweatshirt replacement $15.00)
● AYC hooded sweatshirt
● Black or Khaki pants, no jeans, no shorts, no capris, no leggings, no skirts
● Black, white, gold short or long sleeve shirt, plain, can be worn underneath the AYC shirt
Jewelry
● No piercings (lip, tongue, eyelids, forehead, nose etc.)
● Males – no earrings
● Females – small earrings only, no necklaces, no bracelets
● Gym shoes or closed toe/ heel shoes (No flip flops or sandals)
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All AYC uniforms remain the property of the Avondale Youth Council and are to be turned in
when instructed by the AYC Coordinator or returned upon termination from the program.
Avondale Youth Council (Official Affiliation with the Avondale Community Council)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who are Youth Council Members?
-Girls and Boys Age 12-16
-Must reside in the Avondale neighborhood
-Must be committed to attending events and following rules
Is Membership Required?
Membership is required to participate in Youth Council activities. To become a member fill out
the application form for approval. New Members are always welcome!
How Can You Apply?
Come to the Avondale Community Council Office at 3635 Reading Road Suite 100, 45229 and
pick up an application or apply online. Call the office before coming hours vary. 513.281.5999
How Often do Youth Attend Events?
Youth Council has no mandatory requirement, but stipend rewards are given based on
attendance to meetings, events, community service projects and personal growth goals.
How Long do Programs Last?
Youth Council runs from September until June every year. A reduced number of events are
available during the summer. Most activities take place in the evenings and on weekends.
What Activities Does Youth Council Offer?
Youth Council offers exciting and stimulating opportunities for youth: Leadership Training, Social
and Recreation, Community Service, Environmental, Open Gym, Youth Advocating, Fundraising,
and Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education. We are positive you will find something that
interests you.
What Type of Supervision do you provide?
We have adult chaperones who volunteer to supervise at every event.
Why Should YOU Be Involved? IT’S FUN!
Youth Council members acquire valuable experience that will assist them as they grow up.
Youth Council allows participants to positively impact the community in Avondale.
The AYC is a youth run civic group that allows you the opportunity to voice your opinions and
ideas.
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You can meet new people and experience new things. There are opportunities to attend local
trips and social events with your peers.
Adult Advisory Board-AAB
The AAB is made up of parents & other community volunteers. The group works with staff,
consultants and ACC to organize events, set policy, programming, and goals objectives for the
Avondale Youth Council.
AYC Past Opportunities/Accomplishments
● Training for small business, entrepreneurial skills and customer services skills
● Operating a Candy Shop in the neighborhood
● Maintained Community Gardens and sold produce grown at the Avondale Farmer’s Market
● Developed and Implemented an Anti-Litter Campaign
● Photo Voice projects through the eyes of our youth
● Participated in the Design and Painting of the Avondale Mural with Cedric Cox and ArtWorks
● Participated with the Avondale Running Club at City wide marathons
● AYC alumni members have won multiple 5k races inside and out of Cincinnati
● AYC received a CPOP Award from the Community Police Partnering Center (The 1st group to
receive an award for any community problem solving project).
● AYC produced a TV show, radio show, focusing on youth, elders, organizations and projects
to better the community
● Event assistance @Black Family Reunion, Heath Expo, Men of Honor, Nefertiti Banquet
● City wide exposure to civic and social fun!
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Avondale Youth Council (Official Affiliation with the Avondale Community Council)
Avondale Youth Council Code of Behavior
In order to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for yourself and others, it is
imperative that you abide by our Code of Behavior
1. Respect your peers, chaperones, and all persons you come in contact with when
volunteering
2. Be punctual when arriving to events. Promptly sign in and out with your chaperone
3. Do not leave an event until your ride home has arrived
4. Silence and put away electronic devices at events
5. Do not shout, horseplay or throw any type of debris
6. Do not display any disorderly or disruptive conduct of any nature
7. Do not engage in any behavior that could result in physical injury or harm to others
8. Maintain and respect school, public, and private property
9. Refrain from loud, foul or obscene language or gestures
10. No explicit lyrics
11. No smoking, alcoholic beverages or illegal substances permitted
12. Matches and lighters are not permitted
13. Youth Council is not responsible for your personal belongings
14. Additional guidelines may be added for trips or special events
15. Students may be dismissed from participation in the program for violating rules.
PLEASE READ AND COMPLETE THE BELOW QUESTIONS:
1. I have read the Code of Behavior outlined by the Avondale Youth Council.
2. I agree to adhere to the Code of Behavior as outlined by the Avondale Youth Council. If I
fail follow to follow any of the rules, I understand that my membership and participation
in the AYC will end.
3. I grant permission for (AYC member)______________________ to be photographed or
filmed for or by the Avondale Youth Council to be used in any medium, including but not
limited to, television, newspaper, social media or any promotional materials and
programs.
AYC Member______________________________________________ date ______________
Parent/Guardian _______________________________________________ date ____________
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Avondale Youth Council (Official Affiliation with the Avondale Community Council)
Avondale Youth Council Code of Behavior (Student Copy)
In order to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for yourself and others, it is
imperative that you abide by our Code of Behavior
1. Respect your peers, chaperones, and all persons you come in contact with when
volunteering
2. Be punctual when arriving to events. Promptly sign in and out with your chaperone
3. Do not leave an event until your ride home has arrived
4. Silence and put away electronic devices at events
5. Do not shout, horseplay or throw any type of debris
6. Do not display any disorderly or disruptive conduct of any natuDo not engage in any
behavior that could result in physical injury or harm to others
7. Maintain and respect school, public, and private property
8. Refrain from loud, foul or obscene language or gestures
9. No explicit lyrics
10. No smoking, alcoholic beverages or illegal substances permitted
11. Matches and lighters are not permitted
12. Youth Council is not responsible for your personal belongings
13. Additional guidelines may be added for trips or special events
14. Students may be dismissed from participation in the program for violating rules.
PLEASE READ AND COMPLETE THE BELOW QUESTIONS:
1. I have read the Code of Behavior outlined by the Avondale Youth Council.
2. I agree to adhere to the Code of Behavior as outlined by the Avondale Youth Council. If I
fail follow to follow any of the rules, I understand that my membership and participation in
the AYC will end.
3. I grant permission for (AYC member)______________________ to be photographed or
filmed for or by the Avondale Youth Council to be used in any medium, including but not
limited to, television, newspaper, social media or any promotional materials and
programs.
AYC Member______________________________________________ date ______________
Parent/Guardian _______________________________________________ date ____________
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Avondale Youth Council (Official Affiliation with the Avondale Community Council)
Avondale Youth Council Membership Application
Name: Gender: Girl_ __or Boy____
Street Address:
Zip Code Cell Phone: ________ _________________
Birthdate: T shirt Size – circle one S M XL 1X 2X 3X
Email: _________________________________________
Current Grade __________ School: ____ ________________________
Hobbies:______________________________________________________________________
Interests: __________________________________________________________________
Special Skills:_________________________________________________________________
Extra-Curricular Activities:_______________________________________________________
Parent/Guardians Name________________________________________________________
Home Phone ____ Cell Phone Work Phone
Mother/Guardian Email ___________________
Father/Guardian Email ___________________
Emergency Contacts Other than Parent/Guardians
Name: Cell Phone Work Phone
Name: Cell Phone Work Phone
Health History-Check all that applies
Asthma YES____ NO____ Is Inhaler Required YES____ NO____
List Allergies: _______________________________________________________________
Is EPI PEN Required YES____ NO____
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Does your child wear: contact lenses____ glasses____ dental appliance ____
Does your child have a medical, physical, behavioral condition or other restriction we should
be aware of as we wish to provide the best possible experience for the participant?
If yes please explain:
______________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________
WAIVER & PERMISSION TO TREAT IN MEDICAL EMERGENCY
I hereby give permission for my child to attend/participate in the Avondale Youth Council. In
the instance of a medical emergency, I understand that Avondale Youth Council representatives
will always attempt to contact the parent/guardian first. I hereby give permission to the
Avondale Youth Council representative to seek emergency medical treatment. In the event I
cannot be reached in an emergency, I hereby give permission to the physician to administer
treatment, including hospitalization for my child/ward. I further acknowledge that there is no
medical insurance coverage included in my registration for any program offered by Avondale
Youth Council, The Avondale Community Council, Inc. By participating in these programs I
assume my own medical responsibilities.
INDEMNITY
In consideration of your accepting my child’s entry, I hereby, for myself, my child, our heirs,
executors and administrators waive and release any and all rights and claims I or my child may
have against the Avondale Youth Council, The Avondale Community Council, Inc. and its
representatives, officers, employees, agents, successors and assigns for any and all injuries
suffered by myself or my child on any activity sponsored by these groups. I personally indemnify
and save harmless the Avondale Youth Council, and the Avondale Community Council, Inc., and
its successors for any and all loss and damage.
PHOTO RELEASE FORM
I hereby grant permission to The Avondale Community Council (AYC) to use photographs and/or
video of me taken during routine and regular activities of the AYC in publications, news releases,
online, and in other communications related to the mission of the Avondale Youth Council.
TRANSPORTATION RELEASE FORM
This form acknowledges that my child may ride to AYC events and activities which we have a
permission slip for. If and/or when the behavior of my child becomes too distracting for the
others on the van, including the driver, I acknowledge that he or she may be asked to refrain
from future field trips. In consideration of the opportunity for my child to participate and fully
recognizing that such an undertaking involves an element of risk, I/We assume all risks and
hazards incidental to such participation and do hereby release, absolve, indemnify, and agree to
hold harmless the Avondale Youth Council, nor shall any of said persons be held financially
responsible for any injury, illness or death as a direct or indirect result of this activity. I/We, the
undersigned, have read this release and understand all its terms and execute it voluntarily and
with full knowledge of its significance.
Dismissal From Program
Students will be dismissed from program participation for not participating in activities, not
following rules, consistent discipline challenges or any act committed deemed harmful to the
student or others
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Signature of Parent/Guardian: ___________________________________________________
Date: __________________________
OFFICE NOTES BELOW
Accepted date_____________________________Date Added To Wait List ________________________
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 Earn & Learn Lesson Plan” *
Business & Entrepreneurship 101:  Our Entrepreneurship 101 lesson will introduce youth to
the basic concepts of business planning and management. Youth will be able to practice their
learned skills by working at our mobile food cart. 
Healthy Communication and Problem Solving: We will introduce our lessons on effective
communication and conflict resolution skills with emphasis on using these skills rather than
resorting to violence. 
Community Mental Health & Safety Training: Students will strategies and skills that promote
the management of their mental health, and last but not least, we will work directly with youth
and their village to provide gun violence prevention education and  gun safety with.
We seek to form partnerships with different agencies such as local Boy & Girls Club, CRC,
CCHMC, Urban League, Cincinnati Health Department and Hamilton County Youth
Employment programs. The Young CEO program is interested in collaborating with local
agencies and organizations to provide equitable resources and opportunities to our Cincinnati
youth.

Youth Violence – What age range and neighborhoods does the program currently serve
or target to serve? How does the program target youth in the top neighborhoods for gun
violence, address all those caught in the cycle of gun violence, provide economic
stability for youth at-risk, or provide other community- and place-based initiatives. Limit
up to 4000 characters (0 used).

The Young CEO Program is an African-American owned organization; our main office is
located in Spring Grove Village and our job site is centered in Avondale. The Young CEO
program promotes the prevention of gun violence through our supplemental education and
entrepreneurship work training program available to students ages 10-34. The Young CEO
Program teaches students to value their life and the lives of others. We want to teach young
people to dream big, show them how to obtain their dreams and make a positive impression on
their city; we believe our strategies and program gives students the knowledge, skills, tools,
confidence and opportunities to make better decisions that will result in a reduction of bloodshed
and death in our communities. 
The Young CEO program is aware of the disparities and inequity that contributes to the
generational cycle of families having poor access to quality education, youth development
programs, job and other trade and/or and higher education opportunities. This lack of opportunity
results in poor economic outcomes that create a generational cycle of poverty which is correlated
to higher exposure to gun violence. Your investment will allow The Young CEO program to
expand our program by targeting the top ten neighborhoods with the highest gun violence in
Cincinnati. Neighborhoods include: West End, OTR, Avondale, Winton Hills, and WestWood. 
We want to offer our “Earn & Learn” hands-on learning model to those communities by using
our mobile licensed food cart to teach the kids in the neighborhood how to become entrepreneurs
and/or to get work experience. In addition to our business program we will also engage youth in
education courses that promote strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, mental health
promotion, and gun violence prevention programming. These skills will not only aid them in the
workforce but will enhance their lives as a whole. The Young CEO program will teach youth
how to think through a situation, focus on problems, identify constructive solutions, and
communicate their thoughts.  Our program will provide them with techniques and options to
solve problems without the use of guns. The Young CEO program prioritizes the lives of our
youth and ensures that they have the education and skill set to deal with difficult life situations.