‘Shine On’ postcards available to encourage youth

Staff Reports

Council for Youth Development Bartholomew County is distributing 8,000 postcards across the community during August as part of the annual Shine On campaign to celebrate the United Nations International Youth Day, which was observed Aug. 12.

In addition to the physical copies of the postcards, e-cards will be available for those who would prefer to send via emails at cydbartholomew.orgshine-on-postcards-2020.

It is Council for Youth Development’s vision that those who participate will write a thoughtful message to a young person in their life during the month of International Youth Day, so thousands of young people will be reminded of their importance and impact in our community.

“We all have gone through a lot since the beginning of the year, but let us not forget we all have a role to play in ensuring every young person is supported and encouraged to be their best self. We think these free postcards circulating the community and ending up in the hands of young people show we care about our youngest residents,” said Heather Carson, Council for Youth Development Director.

The postcards are created for young people, by young people. Artwork featured on the front of every postcard was created by four local, teen artists: Lucia Signorino, Samuel Song, Brynn Stewart and Hilary Yang. Each artist created original artwork based on their own interpretation of “Shine On.”

In addition, postcards with inspirational messages from CYD Youth Ambassadors 2020-2021 and other youth volunteers were sent to 1,200 incoming freshman high school students in Bartholomew County. This was initiated by Macey Golden, a East High School sophomore, who received a national grant from America’s Promise Alliance as a part of the Power of Youth Challenge.

The public can pick up postcards across the community including Bartholomew Public Library (Columbus and Hope Branch), Columbus Parks and Recreation, Columbus Visitors Center, Viewpoint Books and 411 Gallery.

Council for Youth Development is encouraging all community members to join in celebrating International Youth Day to show the young people of Bartholomew County that our community cares. Those who wish to take part may pick up a postcard or use the e-cards available on our website.

Those who send cards are encouraged to share the celebration of this young people on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #ShineOn2020.

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Details about International Youth Day, a full list of postcard locations, and artist profiles can be found on the Council for Youth Development’s website: cydbartholomew.orgshine-on-postcards-2020.