Be the Change Youth Group Takes Ownership in Millville

NJHI 2018: Upstream Action Acceleration Connecting Families to Communities

Since its formation, Millville’s first community action group has taken ownership of their Little Free Libraries project.

These teens have deemed themselves the “Be the Change” group. They are committed to being the driving force behind the installation of 10 Little Free Libraries in the Center City neighborhood. They have worked with the city to identify 10 locations for the libraries. In addition, they have submitted designs to the Holly City Development Corporation. The youth have also started painting the first library, which will be installed in the Community Wildlife Garden. The team considered the library’s future location in its design and incorporated flowers, butterflies and bees.

The Be the Change group has identified other organizations and groups in the neighborhood interested in designing, painting and installing the libraries on their sites. The teens will help with the guidance, facilitation and installation at each site. As an example, they are partnering with seniors to install a library at the senior housing complex. The youth are also facilitating book drives to keep the libraries stocked, and accepting roles as Library Stewards, whose responsibilities include making sure the libraries are well maintained.

These teens have stepped up to the plate and are learning to take on leadership roles in their community. They truly are going to Be the Change. To follow their work and learn more about community action groups in Millville, connect with us.

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Heather Santoro
Holly City Development Corporation