West Virginia Youth Encouragers Network

In 2014 the West Virginia Youth Encouragers Network (WV YEN) provided the seed money to bring the Silver Ring Thing back to WV, helped bring the Duck Dynasty crew to West Virginia, and has been able to support area organizations that are helping young people to make wise moral choices.  We have sent support to Arts in Action (AiA), the Bob Burdette Center (BBC), Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

On February 22, 2014, six stars from the hit TV show, “Duck Dynasty,” came to Charleston, WV.  The family came to town to help raise money for Youth Commission West Virginia (YCWV).  YCWV has ties to Youth Commission International, but was just getting started in West Virginia.  Their “goal is to reach our young people for Christ through Christian Clubs in the public middle and high schools in West Virginia.”  YCWV was waiting on their nonprofit paperwork to be processed, so WV YEN agreed to step up and help with some of the logistics in making the event a success.  The event was well attended, was highlighted by most of the area media outlets, raised awareness of YCWV and, provided them with funds to support their effort to reach students.  WV YEN was happy to help support YCWV as they endeavor to reach students with the message of Jesus Christ.  Learn More

We continue to receive updates from the four organizations that we regularly support.  One of those stories comes from Arts in Action. Pictured here are “two girls that were chosen after audition to dance in New York in an outdoor concert in Times Square, take dance classes at the Joeffrey Ballet (including a private lesson with the artistic director) and take dance classes from master teachers from Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Royal Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theater and more. We are so thankful for WVYEN and Believe WV.  Without your generosity, these two girls would not have been able to attend.  .  [The trip] was amazing and changed the lives of these two girls, Hannah “Squirt” Scarbro and Gabby Johnson (the African American girl).”   

We are so grateful for those individuals and companies who have partnered with us to improve the lives of West Virginia’s children.  If you would like to learn more about how you can support the work of WV Youth Encouragers Network please contact our Executive Director.


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