"The More You Learn, the Easier It Is To Learn More"

(L-R) Trees NC Youth Environmental Service team member
Tierra Lester, Addie Luther, East Side Future Leaders Team,
NC Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco, Trees NC President,
Owen George
North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco has a great passion for the environment--and for the future of our nation's youth.

He combined these passions recently by serving as a youth mentor for Trees NC's East Side Future Leaders project.

The East Side Future Leaders Project is a series of monthly civic education seminars for youth aged 5-16 residing in Asheboro’s East Side Community. The seminars are combined with participation in a variety of “hands on” environmental and community building projects, such as a community garden, monthly litter pick up walks, and landscaping and tree planting programs.

During his time with the East Side Future Leaders, Secretary Crisco spoke of his rise from a small farm in Stanly County, N.C. to becoming a successful businessman and later N.C. Secretary of Commerce.

Held in a historic Rosenwald School that now serves as housing for senior citizens, Secretary Crisco's visit with the East Side Future Leaders team was an hour of lively dialog and discussion.

"The more you learn, the easier it is to learn more," he shared with the youth.

Through civic education training sessions that offer direct exposure to elected officials and community leaders, combined with community service, the East Side Future Leaders Program provides at risk youth an opportunity to learn about government and leadership while building self esteem and pride through service to their community.

The program is supported by a grant from the N.C. Civic Education Consortium and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Trees NC and the East Side Future Leaders would like to say thank you to N.C. Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco and N.C. Governor Beverly Perdue!