Youngsville Life

Eagles Club application

The Warren Fraternal Order of Eagles, #313 will once again award a $1,000 scholarship to each of six Warren County students. This scholarship is open to all Warren County students, whether they are just graduating from high school, returning to higher education after a hiatus, or whatever the life situation may be. The top requirement is that the student must be a proven Warren County resident, enrolled in or having been accepted into a certificate, degree, or technical program at the time of application.

Hard copies of the application are located at the Youngsville Public Library and other libraries in Warren County or may be downloaded directly from the Youngsville Public Library website at www.YoungsvilleLibrary.org (community news tab). Questions may be directed to Eagles313Scholarship@gmail.com.

Free Career Builder Workshop at Library

A free Career Builder Workshop is being offered at the Youngsville Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 22 (from 4 to 5:30 p.m.). Career Link staff member and TEF, Rebecca Whitney, will be presenting a Career Builder Workshop focusing on resume writing, honing interview skills, navigating PA Career link, how to register for future PA Career link workshops, general Q & A issues, and more. Whitney can also assist with learning about other Career Link Services and features.

If you are unable to attend this specific workshop but are interested in scheduling a one-on-one meeting at the Youngsville Library, contact Whitney at Rebecca.Whitney@NWPACareerLink.org, or call (814) 853-5141. Rebecca will be at the Youngsville Library at least twice a month now through the spring.

Benefit Dinner

at Saron Lutheran

Join in helping to support a well-deserved educational experience with a Chicken and Biscuit Dinner with Chinese Auction on Sunday, Jan. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. at Saron Lutheran Church (148 West Main Street, Youngsville).

The full homemade meal with drinks and dessert is $8 per adult, $5 for children ages 5-10, and free for children under 5. There are over 100 auction items. Tickets are 25 chances for $10, or 50 chances for $15. The winners will be drawn at 3 p.m., but you don’t have to be present to win.

Renee Taylor, a Youngsville resident, never imagined that she would actually embark on a trip to South Africa. However, when the opportunity presented itself, she could not turn it down.

In the fall of 2017, Renee decided to become a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and finish her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Additionally, she decided to take on the challenge of completing a minor concentration in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, which will pair nicely with the Nursing degree.

Throughout her post-secondary education, Renee has maintained a GPA over 3.5, placing her on the university’s Dean’s List. In addition to her academic achievements, Renee is the president of the Non-Traditional Student Association (NTSA), which welcomes all students and focuses on topics important to non-traditional students, including adults, commuters, etc. Recently, she was invited to join the University of Pittsburgh’s National Society of Leadership and Success.

While academics are a priority for Renee, she is also actively involved in her community. She has been a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the local fire department for several years and recently became the Ambulance Chief with the Starbrick Volunteer Fire Department. She has a position on the board for the Warren County Youth Baseball & Softball Association (WCYBSA), actively assisting with sponsorships for the youth teams.

Renee’s priority is her family, including two children, DeVaughn Taylor, age 10, and Damian Taylor, age 7. They have also opened their house and hearts to adopt several rescue dogs, who are loved as family members.

Several months ago, Renee applied for a study abroad opportunity in Cape Town, South Africa. This four-week adventure includes two classes and several excursions for hands-on learning opportunities. The courses will cover oppression in South Africa, as well as plagues and how they affect people, HIV related to reproductive health, and bioethics related to race. These are all key topics related to nursing studies, which will pair well with a focus on gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. Ultimately, Renee plans to continue following a career path that will help oppressed, underserved areas and classes of people with healthcare. Therefore, this study abroad experience will help to provide her with more insight into working with that demographic.

This study abroad experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Renee is extremely excited for. As you can imagine, embarking on this trip depends on financial support. In addition to the tuition and program frees, there are other expenses including international airfare, books, and supplies for classes, meals, and transportation. The fundraising goal is $3,000 to cover those additional expenses.

Renee has been awarded the prestige Vira I. Heinz Women in Leadership scholarship, which will assist with a majority of the tuition.

In addition to the dinner and auction, a FundMyTravel page has been created to help offset costs. The link to this page can be found on Renee’s study abroad blog, which is located at www.rennstudyinsouthafrica.wordpress.com. Donations can also be sent to Study in South Africa, c/o Renee Taylor, 112 Marsh Avenue, Youngsville, PA 16371, or by calling (814) 230-4476 or (814) 230-5539.

Renee will also be giving back to the community upon her return, with presentations held in Youngsville and Bradford. The public is welcome to attend the presentation in Youngsville, with more details to be announced upon her return.

Benefit Dinner

for Wrestling Boosters

The Youngsville Wrestling Boosters’ Spaghetti Dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis St., Youngsville, for the cost of a donation. On the menu are spaghetti and meatballs, breadsticks, salad, dessert, and drinks.

Takeouts are available.

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