“It’s fine to serve youth, but better to let youth serve.”
-- Anne Banning, Assistance League Founder
Assisteens, a volunteer teen service group open to girls and boys in grades 7-12, is an auxiliary of the Assistance League of Salt Lake City. Assisteens auxiliaries have been a part of the Assistance League chapters nationwide since 1959. This is a special year for our Assisteens as they celebrate their 10th anniversary at the same time as Assistance League of SLC commemorates 40 years of service!
Membership: Assisteens meet once a month and pay annual dues of $25.00 to become members of both the local and national Assistance League. Leadership is a combination of Assisteens members, parents and an Assistance League Board member. Membership encourages a sense of community responsibility, self-reliance, poise, public speaking and leadership skills. Our current membership represents 12 high schools across the Salt Lake valley.
Programs: Assisteens support many of the philanthropic programs carried out by the Assistance League, including bagging clothing for Operation School Bell, labeling books for Book Bank and sorting donations/helping customers at the Thrift on 33rd. Assisteens also select and complete their own service projects within the community. During the 2016-17 school year, our Assisteens sorted clothing at the Homeless Youth Resource Center, hosted a holiday party with preschoolers at the Boys and Girls Club and a birthday party for children at a Domestic Violence Shelter, potted flowers for residents at a local senior center, assembled toiletry kits and hosted craft stations for children at a transitional housing center and made over 100 bunny baskets for children at the local YWCA.
In June 2017, our Assisteens Coordinator, 2016-17 President and 2017-18 President represented our chapter at the Assisteens National Conference held at California State University, Fullerton. They joined nearly 200 coordinators and teens from across the country to attend workshops on how to make our Assisteens Auxillary the best it can be!
From left to right Assisteens 2017-18 President Emily Langie,
ALSLC National President Anita Friesen, and 2016-17 President
Abby Shemwell at Assisteens National Conference.
2017 Assisteens National Conference
Fulfilling school community service requirements, making new friends and laughing a lot is just part of the Assisteens experience!
Community Service + Friends + Fun = Assisteens
Emily Langie, President
Kaylie Evans, Vice President
Gaby Becerra, Membership Chair
Mia McNeil, Membership Co-Chair
Abby Shemwell, Social Media Chair
2017 - 2018 Meeting Schedule
TUE/December 12 4-6:00 p.m. Boys & Girls Club of Murray
Host a holiday event with stories, crafts, gifts
WED/January 10 6:00-8:00 p.m. Chapter House
Go shopping and assemble items for Brighter Futures Foster Care
WED/February 14 5:30-7:30 p.m. Highland Cove Senior Center
Host Valentine’s event (activity TBA)
WED/March 28 6:00-8:00 p.m. Chapter House
Potluck dinner with the AL Consociates then assemble bunny bakets for Lifestart Village.
Wed/April 11 Life Start Village (time and project to be announced)
WED/April 25 4:30-7:30 p.m. Ronald McDonald House
Make and serve dinner to guests at house, play games with kids
SAT/May 5 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Consociates Luncheon at the Cottonwood Club
8 teens will greet/cashier/help with auction
May End-of-Year Party TBA
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