Baraga County Youth Advisory Committee taking the lead

L’ANSE – Motivational speaker and former Harlem Globetrotter Corey “The Dribbler” Rich was a hit at the L’Anse Area School Thursday morning, but that shouldn’t have been a surprise. After all, it was other kids that chose him.

The four members of the Baraga County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee pored through prospects’ videos before choosing Rich, said committee member Dana Thierry, and picked him based on both entertainment value and the message he had to present.

“Both schools are real big basketball schools, and he was entertaining,” said Thierry, a Baraga High School senior. Also, “we’ve mainly been trying to target bullying.”

Rich also seemed like a good fit for a broad range of students, said YAC member Raistlin Awonohopay, a Baraga Schools senior.

The YAC is also working on building a student-to-student mentoring program, and the goal is to have it in place by the end of the year, said Community Foundation Executive Director Gordette Leutz.

Leutz said the YAC is open to any county youth from seventh- to twelfth-grades, and there is currently plenty of room for new members. Committee members do a lot of work on behalf of their peers, but they can also learn some valuable lessons themselves, from communication with peers and adults to effectively navigating the bureaucracies of the adult world.

“We want them to know it’s possible to make a difference,” Leutz said.