Get ready artists, because we need your best creations!

On Saturday, June 1, Jackson County Youth Leadership Council will be hosting a competition for young artists as part of the Spring into Summer Festival. From 10-11 a.m., K-12 students can drop off artistic creations at Sylva’s Bridge Park. The theme is “Jackson County,” and submission categories are Lego, recycled art, paintings and drawings. Judges will award prizes to the top three submission creators.

In addition, young artists can launch themselves into their summer vacation at the annual YLC Spring into Summer, which occurs on June 1 at Bridge Park. Families can come enjoy an exciting day with food, games, tie dye, a bouncy castle and live music.

In order to enter the art competition, complete an application at forms.gle/TiSPLsfWuAHSxP4V7. You can find this link at the 4-H blog: jackson4-H.blogspot.com. Contact Heather Gordon, 4-H agent, with any questions at heather_gordon@ncsu.edu or 586-4009.

Folks, that information above was written by teenagers. I feel hope for the future as I work with these young people. They have great energy for wanting to make a difference, and I know the future is in good hands.

The Jackson County Youth Leadership Council, a 4-H club, was established to intentionally give teenagers the opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills.

They conduct fundraisers, complete numerous community service projects, give money to the community for youth-led projects, and each year host Spring into Summer.

These 25 teenagers are hosting Spring into Summer from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Bridge Park. All activities are free except tie-dye T-shirts. Come on out and support these young people as they practice skills they will continue to use in the workplace, in personal life as they schedule things in college, plan a family reunion or someday plan a wedding.

Jackson County 4-H offers activities and clubs for children ages 5-18 that includes learning leadership skills, responsibility, trying new things, and building self-confidence. Contact me today at 586-4009 or heather_gordon@ncsu.edu.

Heather Gordon is Jackson County extension agent, 4-H Youth Development.