Port Towns Youth Council (PTYC)
Students (with their parents) are youth advisors to ETHM who primarily live, attend school, and worship in the Port Towns. For more than two decades, 15-20 young Wellness Ambassadors lead and impact the health and wealth of Port Towns and Prince George’s County (PGC) communities throughout PGC. These youth are bridging education, poverty, health, and moral gaps in partnership with local, county, state, and corporate stakeholders through award-winning initiatives such as Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL), a Pedestrian Safety countywide march, school and community-based Wellness Ambassadors Leadership Programs, (i.e., Project 450 Community and Anacostia River Clean Ups, Community Garden projects, tree planting projects), Wellness Ambassadors Environmental Health Summer Youth Employment Program, and Health Policy Advocacy Program. PTYC members and parents participate in Financial Empowerment Workshops facilitated by TD Bank, one of ETHM’s primary corporate partners. Their outstanding stewardship helps to build, sustain, unite, heal, and impact communities.
Port Towns Youth Council (PTYC) Members
Members consist of 15-20 students, age 10-18, from Port Towns elementary schools, surrounding area middle schools, and high schools that include Bladensburg, Duval, and Parkdale High Schools. These students are nominated by their schools, churches, or municipal governments to ETHM using academic, character, and interest criteria that assures that these PTYC members lead their peers and others to helping us and the communities we serve to bridge education, health, poverty, safety, and morality gaps. An important criterion for PTYC member is that a parent attends with their child each monthly meeting and community outreach activities. This helps to retain the education that PTYC members receive through their experiential learning opportunities.