Archive for Thursday, July 21, 2005

Youth PRIDE thriving in Basehor

July 21, 2005

This month, Basehor Youth PRIDE is enjoying its two-year anniversary of revitalizing a once dormant group for area children and students.

Stephanie Swenson, organization sponsor, said Youth PRIDE currently has a roster of 79 members, all of whom contribute to numerous service projects throughout the year. The group participates in at least one project per month.

In recent months, those service projects have included adopting a flower bed for community beautification, hosting a senior bingo and completing yard work for area senior citizens. They also coordinate a monthly food drive for Basehor Community Services, a local food pantry.

"I can go on and on and on," Swenson said. "Those kids do a lot of stuff for the community."

After years of declining membership, interest in Basehor Youth PRIDE waned, and it disbanded for a short time. It was revitalized in July 2003 and since has seen a resurgence.

The group has volunteered about 1,300 hours in the Basehor area since its reformation.

"That was as of April," Swenson said. "I have counted it up since then. We're probably pushing 1,400 by now."

The group, while becoming one of the city's most dedicated civic organizations, has also become a right of passage for the Swenson family. Not only is Stephanie the group's sponsor, but daughter Nicole is a past president and son Brian is the current president.

"It's kind of been all in the family," Stephanie said modestly.

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