On Friday, the Youth Empowerment Project will hold its first community event, Youth Rockin' Resolutions Music Fest 2013 from 4-9 p.m. at the Community Helping Hands Gateway Family Center, 31 Water St., Jamestown.
The group which has recently come together, is a leadership group formed through Chautauqua Tapestry to give local youth the tools and training to be active and meaningful leaders within Chautauqua County.
''The group has been planning this event for several months in order to make it something they can be proud to put their name on. They have a really great vision of what they want to do for other youth and the community as a whole,'' said Lexy Baglia, Chautauqua Tapestry social marketer and technical assistance coordinator. ''I worked with them on the event flier and group promotional materials, and I really feel like we came up with something that truly reflects their passion and excitement.''
Performing at the music fest will be Adam McKillip, People Are Loud Movers, DJ 8ON3 and Chris Bell. Admission is $4 and food will be available for purchase. The event is being used as a fundraiser for the Youth Empowerment Project, Compeer Chautauqua and the Child Advocacy Program as a way for the youth to give back to programs in the area.
The Youth Empowerment Project, which was formed under the leadership of Victoria Patti, Chautauqua Tapestry youth engagement specialist, has plans to hold more events in the future along with various community service projects.
''The leadership group has really shown me the importance of including youth voice in all planning for youth in our community,'' Patti said. ''They really want to be heard and make a difference. These young leaders have incredible dedication, along with the passion for giving back to our community in a productive and meaningful way.''
For more information, call Chautauqua Tapestry at 753-4519.