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FHS Y-Teens constantly working


With more members than the football team and so many hours working for the community that they should all be catching their breath, the Farragut High School Y-Teens should be tickled pink with themselves.

The FHS chapter, headed up by Cameron Kitchin as president, Carolyn Levy as vice president, Stephanie Selectman as secretary, Caroline Simpson as community chair and Meredith Ginn and Ashley Statton as worship chairs, has just under 100 members and has been busy this year helping out with a multitude of charitable events. The FHS group meets for 45 minutes every Monday after school.

Y-Teens, a branch of the YWCA, is a middle- and highschool club open to any girl. Each club operates independently under the direction of the YWCA.

Kitchin said some of the activities the girls have helped with this year include Katrina relief, the Farragut 5K Run, Race for the Cure, Boo at the Zoo, a Thanksgiving dinner for female residents at the YWCA, Safety City, Buddy’s Race Against Cancer, Angel Tree, Fantasy of Trees, Medals of Honor and the Women’s Expo.

The FHS Y-Teens club is sponsored by FHS teacher Deborah Frazier.

“You learn how to work with others and help others that are in need,” Kitchin said. “Being in Y-Teens, you really learn to give back to the community. You meet a lot of people your own age and a lot of people from other schools. We do the car wash just at Farragut. All the other activities we do, we do with other Y-Teens from schools in Knoxville.”

The club is planning a presentation of a $2,000 check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The money is the result of car wash proceeds collected for about four years.

Y-Teens has chapters in West Knox County at Farragut middle and high schools and Knoxville Catholic High School. There is currently no chapter at West Valley Middle School.

There are about 500 girls involved in Knox, Sevier and Blount counties, said Annette Beebee, youth program director at the YMCA. The girls have put in more than 20,000 hours in community service projects so far this year, as reported to the United Way, she added.

“Although we are a Christian-based [club], from the YWCA, we encourage girls of all different religions and beliefs and cultural backgrounds to join,” Beebee said.

The cost to join Y-Teens is $17, and incoming students can sign up at Summer Insanity, Kitchin said.

Knox County Y-Teens presented Man of Honor medals to Knoxville Mayor William “Bill” Haslam and Knox County Mayor Michael “Mike” Ragsdale last fall in conjunction with Days of Dignity, the Y-Teens fund-raising campaign against domestic violence.

 

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