Assets In Action: Help local youth raise funds

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

There are a variety of opportunities ahead where you can support youth. It gets even better when it involves eating.
Your first chance is Thursday night, when the Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp hosts brisket night.
This cadre of cadets will set up, sell and serve — all in the name of fundraising to make themselves and their unit even better.
Brisket night is a monthly event that takes place at the Posse Lodge and will be at 5:30 p.m.
The food fest includes tender, slow roasted brisket, potato salad, baked beans, a roll, cookie and drink for $10.
The funds allow the NJROTC teams to travel to competition and compete in a variety of activities from inspection and drill to shooting and using their mad skills in the Brain Bowl.
Our second group of fundraising young people is our local girl scouts. These pint-sized entrepreneurs will host booths at our neighborhood Smith’s stores, to sell a host of baked goodies, from low-fat to full decadence.
If counting calories is high on your list, take them up on their option to send treats to troops or buy a few boxes to drop off at our local teen center.
The quicker these young ladies unload their supplies, the sooner they can get back to earning their badges and advancing to the next level.
Finally, the youth of the United Church of Los Alamos will hit the streets to find donations for their Mexico Mission auction that takes place in mid-March.
While UNCHLA hosts the trip, a variety of community youth and adults will travel to Mexico during spring break to build homes for the poor.
The teens not only give up a week of vacation, but also work harder that week than maybe oh, I’d say, ever. They have to pay to go, raise funds for the supplies for the week and even pay for the supplies to build the homes.
If you have something you can donate, give the church a call at 662-2971. It doesn’t matter if it is a gift certificate, an old piece of furniture or a new piece of art. They will take donations of children’s toys, certificates for services or a donation of an item that you make or sell. The teens will even come pick it up.
If you prefer shopping, attend their silent auction on March 17, with free cookies, while you shop.
So here are three ways to support youth. These events will increase life-building skills, memories, leadership opportunities and benefit not only our community but a little piece of the world.

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsor Assets in Action.