The Coalition for Bedford Youth cares about the community in which it lives. Teens involved in this organization are heavily involved in helping out their community at various local events.

New and old members and their parents will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Ross A. Lurgio School Media Center. The school is located at 47 Nashua Road.

The CBY youth is a busy group. Members served refreshments at the Bedford Cultural Series to young families over the summer. When asked to volunteer at a fundraising event in honor of an 8-year-old girl, Aine, who passed away at such a young age, CBY youth did not hesitate. In August, they helped out at the children’s Try-athalon event held in honor of Aine Phillips to benefit the Friends of Aine Foundation. Proceeds from this event went toward assisting with establishing safe, compassionate and supportive centers for bereaved children, such as Aine’s younger sister, Bella. The event was held at the Bedford Town Pool and Bedford High School and consisted of a swim, bike and run component. CBY youth found it immensely satisfying to help out at such an event because of their caring and compassionate nature. They also had a lot of fun.

CBY’s mission is to support the well-being of Bedford youth by promoting community strategies that develop assets in children. Assets are the protective characteristics that have been linked by extensive research to enhancing resistance to at-risk behaviors.

Caring is Asset No. 26 of Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, the qualities, experiences and relationships that help young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible.

Membership to CBY is encouraged for all Bedford youth. Members can help out whenever their schedule allows it, year-round.

Written By: SURRINDER SANDHU, Cabinet Press.