LEWISTON – When approached by the YWCA during the recent holiday season, the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council responded to the needs of teens at New Beginnings, Lewiston.

For two days, members of the council facilitated the collection of students’ change during the lunch periods at Lewiston High School. A total of $80 was raised.

Council member Ashley Morgan spearheaded the collection and noted, “It went really well, and we hope to undertake this effort on even a larger scale during next December’s holiday season.”

Anne Craigs, YWCA executive director, said, “The reason we asked LYAC to join us in raising money for our Peers to Peers’ effort is that we realized there was a gap in the holiday-giving season and that teens with needs often fall into that gap. Teens need essentials such as clothes, school supplies, toiletry items and the list goes on.

“We thought that LYAC was the group to contact since they are directly involved within the community and would be the perfect group to reach out to New Beginnings teens. With not a lot of notice, they stepped up to the plate and raised $80 for their peers.”

Services provided by New Beginnings include an emergency shelter for youth ages 10 to 17; a transitional living program for youth ages 16 to 20; street outreach; and a drop-in center.

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