MCHS Senior Morgan Guess Calls for Participants In New Youth 4 Change Initiative


McCracken County High School senior and Paducah anti-bullying activist Morgan Guess is calling on students to join her for a project called “Youth 4 Change.” Guess said the students will work to create opportunities for Paducah’s black citizens in six areas:

1 Increase employment opportunities

2 Grow home ownership opportunities

3 Promote minority business ownership opportunities

4 Build partnerships and programs with judicial system

5 Launch educational initiative

6 Launch Minority Youth Development Program

The McCracken County High School senior is being mentored by Paducah NAACP President JW Cleary. He led the work to identify what priorities would best serve the needs of Paducah’s black citizens.

“I stand on the shoulders of W.C. Young, Fred Paxton, W.G. Harvey and Curlee Brown who would say by working together we all win because if one group of people is up and the other is down our community can only go so high,” said NAACP President J.W. Cleary.  “But if both sides are doing good and working together, the sky is the limit.”

“People may ask, why her?,” said Guess. “I say, why not me? I want to be a part of positive change, and I believe my generation is ready to lead. We need people to raise their hands and mine is in the air. It will take all of us, working together, to create a more inclusive and compassionate community.”

Students will lead the work with adult members of the community working beside them as mentors and coaches. “We need business leaders, teachers, ministers, coaches, and our neighbors to help us grow our leadership skills and to help us identify resources in our community. We will ask for their help to locate the state and federal opportunities we need to advance this work,” Guess added.

Guess believes that diversity is a fundamental element in the work of any community wishing to secure a successful future. “We can do so much more for our community and our neighborhoods if we incorporate diversity into our everyday lives,” Guess commented. “Diversity pushes away hate and fosters kindness.”

Students, and members of the community who wish to participate, can click on the link below to access contact information and to identify which area they wish to share their talents. Groups will begin work in late October.

The group will report an update of their work to the community on Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service on Monday, January 18, 2021. It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off” – and is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to work together to help solve our most pressing problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, bridges barriers, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”