Interfaith News Feed

Youth Leadership Council

Mecklenburg Ministries’ Youth Leadership Council is an interfaith group of high school leaders who meet monthly, September through May, to address issues in our city, build interfaith/interracial relationships, and serve the community.

Mecklenburg Ministries’ Youth Leadership Council has…
• Joined in a Cardboard Campout in solidarity with homeless neighbors
• Created an anti-bullying curriculum for use in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
• Participated in the Homeless Awareness Walk
• Piloted “Teen Dialogues” for the RACE exhibit at Discovery Place
• Helped lead the interfaith Thanksgiving Service for 1,600 people
• Spoke for “Conversation at the Crossroads” about building trust across differences
• Planned a conversation for youth from across the city with front page Charlotte Observer coverage

Learn about Beyond Bullying, the Youth Council’s Anti-Bullying curriculum.


High School YouthCardboard Campout 2014

City-Wide Cardboard Campout

March 15, 2014

Did you know that, in 2012, it was estimated that there are nearly 7,000 people in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area that are homeless? There are almost 5,000 homeless kids in CMS schools alone!

In response to this maddening increase of homelessness among our neighbors and within our community, the Mecklenburg Ministries Youth Council is reviving the Cardboard Campout, previously held annually before every Chris Wolf Homeless Awareness Walk. Though Mr. Wolf is no longer with us, his legacy lives on and we are excited to continue on with this educational and inspirational experience!

All high school youth, grades 9th-12th, are encouraged to join us on Saturday, March 15nd at Park Road Baptist Church (3900 Park Road) for a night of fun and camaraderie! Activities will include a participating in a poverty simulation, listening to speakers from diverse backgrounds, decorating cardboard boxes that will become our beds for the evening, joining in small group discussions, and much more!

Here are the details:

Who: High school youth, grades 9th-12th. We recommend attending as a group, but individuals can register as well. All faiths are welcome (and encouraged!) to join us; school clubs and/or organizations are welcome as well!

When: Registration will begin at 5:30pm, and the event will last until 9:30am the following morning (March 16).

Where: Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road

What to Bring: Each participant is strongly encouraged to bring his or her own cardboard box, (refrigerator or appliance boxes work best); sleeping bags and warm clothes. We also request that participants leave their electronics at home.

How: Fill out the registration form and return to Mecklenburg Ministries by Feb 25, 2014. Permission forms for each youth participant must be submitted by March 10.

Chaperones: Each group must have a 9-1 student to chaperone ratio.

Cost: $10 per person (scholarships available, just ask)

Cardboard Campout Schedule (Coming Soon)

Cardboard Campout Group Registration Form DUE: FEB 25

Cardboard Campout Individual Registration Form DUE: FEB 25

Cardboard Campout Permission (required) DUE: March 10

For questions call or email: 704-565-5455, cardboardcampout@meckmin.org

** Please send completed forms to cardboardcampout@meckmin.org or Mecklenburg Ministries, 3900-A Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209