Voyage Community Council

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The Voyage Community Council is open to adults of all ages from the neighborhoods within the Youth Enrichment Zone. These participants are interested in improving their community by identifying needs in the area and working to find solutions. The council is centered around health and well-being, academic success, public safety, and community development, all of which contribute to the success, self-sufficiency, and overall systematic transformation that Voyage wishes to bring about within the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Wilmington.

 

The Council meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6 pm to 7 pm at the BRC and every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at Maides Park Community Center. The Council is currently focused on fellowship and bringing residents out for positive community engagement through organizing at least one event per month. Some of the events hosted by the Council include the August Back To School Drive, Fall Community Cookout, Thanksgiving Dinner and Basket Drive, and the Holiday Talent Show. The Community Council also works in conjunction with the Health and Wellbeing Committee to bring enrichments to the community that foster increased health.

Y.O.L.O. Youth Over Local Obstacles

Launched in 2021, Y.O.L.O came about after combining two existing Voyage programs: The Voyage Youth Leadership Council and Teen Talks. 

Y.O.L.O. combines the two existing programs to offer leadership experience to students who otherwise wouldn’t be given access or the opportunity to be a voice for their community. Youth will have a platform to identify problems in their community and generate innovative solutions in a safe and supportive space.

Y.O.L.O. works to bridge the gap between varying societal groups with differences including race, gender, economic status, age, ethnic group, sexual orientation, backgrounds, and life circumstances. This program will involve the students discussing controversial topics within our country in order to gain perspective from a wide range of individuals within their age range and community. The members of Voyage intend to create a discussion centered around “hot topics” within our communities in order to shed light on injustices and inequalities that our peers may be facing in private.

Health & Wellbeing Committee

The Health and Wellbeing Committee is made up of community leaders representing various organizations throughout Wilmington. The organizations involved are:

 

-NHRMC

-Feast Down East

-Nourish NC

-YMCA

-DREAMs

-Support the Port 

-MedNorth

-UNCW

-New Hanover County

-Smart Start New Hanover County

The purpose of the committee is to pull together resources to implement protective factors for increased community health. The committee's primary focuses are nutrition, exercise, park improvements, and infrastructure. The Health and Wellbeing Committee meets every second Monday of the month at 8:30 am at Voyage.