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Six teams of adolescent youth will compete, with guest appearances by local celebrities, for Lip Sync Battle Champion on Thursday, August 2 at 7 p.m. at The Center Theater in Hartsville. The Lip Sync Battle: Return of the Six event is the students’ idea to raise general operating funds for the Youth Leadership Development after-school program provided by the 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, Cypress Adventures, Inc.
Since 2015, Cypress Adventures has served 157 middle and high school aged youth by providing outdoor/ experiential education, peer mentoring, and service learning. The free, 14-week Youth Leadership Development Program (YLD Program) utilizes Positive Youth Development theory, which considers teens in the context of their strengths and assets to be developed as opposed to risk factors and problematic behaviors to be eliminated.
Over the past three years, students of Cypress Adventures have been building the organization and its programs by putting their leadership skills to work raising funds and increasing awareness of the need for teen-specific programming in our community. Students have hosted a basketball tournament which raised money for the purchase of a bus so students can go on field trips into the community and into nature. Groups of students have also sold artwork, crafts, and lemonade at local downtown events to raise money for canoe and camping equipment. As a result of their fundraising efforts, students of the YLD Program have networked with local businesses, organizations and agencies to learn more about the social, cultural, economic, and environmental aspects of our community and have explored various natural resources in our region through hiking and camping.
Approximately 48 graduates of the YLD Program have returned to form six teams that will compete in The Lip Sync Battle: Return of the Six event. After deconstructing the value messages in the songs they listen to, each team has chosen a song that represents the values they want to share with the community. The teams have been working hard all summer to create sets, costumes, and performances that are sure to captivate the audience. Local celebrities will join each team to show their support for youth voice in our community. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students ages 5-17. Audience favorite will win Lip Sync Battle Champion. In addition, Lip Sync Battle Favorite will be awarded to the team that receives the most $5 votes. Visit www.cypressadventures.org to purchase tickets, cast your vote, or to learn more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities.
Cypress Adventures is a youth advocacy organization in Hartsville, that operates with the mission to educate and inspire independent students to positively impact their communities and to become effective leaders for 21st Century democracy.