Help youth in your community be empowered to make a difference. Young people have told NFPA® that they want to be involved in making a difference in the wildfire safety of the neighborhoods where they live. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day provides great opportunities and resources for mentors to help coach these young members of society to make effective changes that can help make a difference in the survivability of their community. Participation in project work can also help them learn about science-based changes that can be made to the home and the landscape surrounding the home to help improve a home and neighborhood’s ignition resistance.
Individual teens, as well as members of youth groups like Boys & Girls Clubs, Scout Troops, faith-based groups, 4-H Clubs, and after-school groups, can apply to receive funding to be used for a project on the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day page. There are one hundred fifty opportunities for young people to apply for and possibly receive a $500 dollar award provided with generous support from State Farm® through NFPA®. A how-to video on YouTube provides step by step help for them to complete the project application before March 1, 2019.
NFPA also provides a free downloadable “Tool Kit” resource with everything they need to plan and execute project work on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. There is information in the toolkit about project safety, how to pick a project, how to work with the media to promote their efforts and even a customizable flyer to encourage other young people to participate.
It has been my experience that this wonderful young generation really has the heart to make the world a better place. Help them get started by learning how they can participate in wildfire safety project work on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day today!
Photo by Faith Berry: teens and aunt at Prep Day event 2018 in Aroostook County, Maine