County Community Project Celebrates Life of Youth Advocate Michelle Dryer

The life of youth advocate Michelle Dryer was celebrated at the One Seed, One Plant, One County community project event on January 20. Nearly 30 friends, family members and local agency representatives attended the intimate ceremony.

Michelle was a beacon in the community and served as an advocate for youth through her work at CareerSource Palm Beach County.

In honor of Michelle’s life, Palm Beach County Youth Services Department’s Future Leaders United for Change planted a fruit tree on the campus of a local homeless resource agency.

Through this project, Future Leaders also sought to raise awareness of the lack of community gardens throughout impoverished communities in Palm Beach County. The council collaborated with George Soria, owner of Laulima Premaculture Farm, and learned how to plant a garden without pesticides.

“This was a special day to see our youth honor Michelle, while also addressing the needs of our community,” said Tammy Fields, Palm Beach County Youth Services Department director. “Michelle always reminded us that the needs of all must be considered.”

Future Leaders is the voice of youth in Birth to 22 and focuses on creating leaders through self-motivation, determination and education. The youth provide input on the design, implementation and communications of an ongoing strategic plan for future community conversations, focus group discussions, interviews, surveys and youth summits.

For more information about Future Leaders United for Change, please visit

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