At Greenville Youth Alliance (GYA), we believe that young adults should have an active role in local government. The county and city governments have the biggest impact on our communities day-to-day lives, but a vast majority of young people don’t realize this. The only way we can begin to affect real change is by educating young people and giving them the opportunities to amplify their voices. Greenville Youth Alliance is a nonpartisan, civic, advocacy, and education organization.
Founded in April 2020, GYA was created as a result of a campaign for Emergency Community Services started by Davis Summer. After he began the campaign he realized that there are so many young people out there who want to be an advocate for change. He partnered with Olivia Peck, and GYA is growing every day.
Greenville Youth Alliance’s mission is to drive an increase in youth civic engagement and leadership through high schooler led projects and programs in volunteerism, education, and leadership.
Our vision is to help create “a community for change” — one with youth who are actively voting, self-educating, and researching, one with youth who are volunteering, donating, and serving, and one with youth who have a voice that is heard, listened to, and acted upon.
To build a strong community, we have to treat one another with a dignity and respect that is owed to all humans. We have to listen, assume good faith, and argue not to triumph and embarrass, but to persuade and teach. Respect means treating others how you want to be treated, and GYA wants young people to be treated as leaders and changemakers.
To build a strong community for change, we must include everyone. No matter your race, gender, sexuality, political affiliation, religious persuasion, or anything else, you have a seat at our discussion table. Your voice matters, and GYA is dedicated to including you in our amplification of young voices.
Any strong community is, at its core, a connection of people working together. GYA not only strives to but relies on the help of individual donors for monetary support, on the help of other nonprofits for volunteer opportunities, and on the Greenville community has a whole for a reason to keep going.
While we work to get more young people civically involved, we are also building a community. This community extends past GYA’s target demographics or members. It is a community of Upstate folks who are dedicated to making change – it is a community for change.