By Douglas Buell
ARLINGTON – Will Nelson has a knack for assembling talented young students and inspiring them to be leaders that will shape Arlington’s future.
For his work with the Arlington Youth Council and leadership role in anti-drug awareness public forums, the Weston High School principal earned the mayor’s volunteer of the month award.
“Nelson coordinated, recruited and facilitated the Arlington Youth Council, and the Darrington Youth Council, for grades eighth through twelfth,” said Heather Logan, assistant city administrator.
As part of the America’s Best Communities strategies, Nelson developed youth councils that share their points of view on issues important to teens, and suggest actions to address local problems.
Nelson has played a key role in the Arlington Drug Awareness Coalition, a community group that advocates for education and prevention of drug abuse.
He was also instrumental in coordinating the coalition’s Not In My House forums in January, which helped parents learn the hidden signs and symptoms of drug use and abuse in the home.
Logan said the city also gave Nelson high marks for collaborating with volunteers and paid staff, and arranging activities and projects to keep young people engaged, including participation in public forums.
Nelson said he was humbled by the recognition.
He counts himself among the countless people in Arlington with huge hearts who do great things for the community.
“For those who have not yet found your place as a volunteer in our community, I encourage you to become involved,” Nelson said.