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Mayoral candidate gets teens volunteering

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An Albany mayoral candidate is reaching out to young people to get them more involved in the community.

B-J Fletcher says funding for youth activities in the city has been reduced or eliminated.

She says finding ways for kids to serve others will help them and the community.

BJ Fletcher's campaign for mayor includes keeping our young people active and providing them with the opportunity for community service.

Mayoral candidate BJ Fletcher spoke to an 8th grade class about the importance of giving back to their community.

"I want these young people to know that there are different cultures here in this community," says BJ Fletcher, Albany Mayoral Candidate.

She introduced a program called Albany VolunTEENS, a year round volunteer program designed for middle and high school students who want to help their community.

"If you are born and raised in Albany, I tell you to leave for a while, go see what the real world is about then what you have learned, come back to your community," says Fletcher.

Fletcher encourages teens to go out into their city and see where you can lend a hand.

"Sometimes kids take advantage of what they have and they do not understand that there are other people who need what they have, by volunteering, you can see what everyone needs," says Lacey Coleman, 8th Grade.

Lacey plans to sign up for VolunTEEN and hopes her classmates do the same.

"I encourage everyone to volunteer to see what the community has to offer, I think it is a great way to put yourself out there and let people know that you can help," says Coleman.

"I want these young people to understand that they can make a difference, that we depend on them, this is our future," says Fletcher.

And that future can start now through youth activism.

BJ Fletcher thinks it is important for today's youth to take an interest in local government decision-making activities, like commission meetings and being active in city boards.

If you are interested in signing up for Albany VolunTEENS, email  kunderwood@lglmediapartners.com

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