City of Boca Raton Youth Program Focuses on Environmental Awareness Project
Weekly Meeting July 10th, 2019
Pictured above are (from left to right) Club President Vanessa Havener, Luke Lynch, David Lang, Andrea O’Rourke of the Boca City Council (and Club member), Luke Mason and Sayd Hussain.
These high school students are members of the City of Boca Raton’s Community Advisory Panel’s (CAP) Youth Subcommittee. They are working on an environmental awareness project, an initiative to encourage volunteer groups from different schools to collaborate on several environmental programs that include beach clean ups, planting trees and trail rehabilitation.
They students in this year’s CAP Youth Sub-Committee have decided to work together to push the creation of a large sea turtle sculpture which would be stuffed with (clean) plastic waste. The Youth Subcommittee members recommend having the final sculpture be placed on the South Beach Park grass top in order to let people be reminded of protecting the environment. They are now in the process of getting community feedback and will make recommendations to the city regarding design costs and other factors.
According to Andrea O’Rourke, Club member and a member of the Boca Raton City Council, “Boca is working on being a leader in building a sustainable environment. This metal sea turtle sculpture filled with plastic waste will become a symbol supporting the environment and public art as a collaborative Youth community project.”
These energetic youth have already received buy-in and endorsements to continue to move forward from various departments and advisory boards within the City of Boca Raton.
Three of the students who presented go to Boca Raton Community High School and the fourth attends Florida Atlantic University. The project is a collaborative effort between students across all schools including Boca High, FAU and Spanish River High School.