Lauren Morris, an affiliate program director of the Arkansas Community Foundation, will be the featured speaker for the Youth Advisory Council.

A program of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, the council will hold its organizational meeting from 4-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center, 211 W. Third Ave.

Morris will speak to 8-12th graders in Jefferson County who are interested in learning about philanthropy, fund development, grant making and community building. Parents are also invited to attend, according to a news release.

Morris served as the project coordinator for a new initiative through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. There she worked with local coalitions to guide health policy and systems changes, according to a news release.

She took a position with Arkansas Community Foundation as an affiliate program director to grow more effective programs, foundation staff and local advisory boards to build up Arkansas communities, according to the release.

“Lauren has a strong commitment to and values quality community and economic development and continues to contribute her knowledge and skills in her own neighborhood with her husband, Grant,” according to the release.

She moved to Little Rock from New Orleans in 2012. Morris studied international public health and received a master’s degree in public health from Boston University in 2008.

“She proceeded to take on a then, cutting edge school-based program as a nutrition and physical activity specialist for Save the Children US Programs in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Passionate about leading rural community development, Lauren later served as deputy director of programs for Arkansas, Kansas, and Nebraska, working with communities and schools to address early childhood development, K-5 literacy, and childhood nutrition and physical activity programs,” according to the release.

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