On a late night drive many years ago along Interstate 40, headed from Wilmington to Blacksburg, an impulsive decision to take the Chapel Hill exit brought Meg McGurk to Chapel Hill for the first time. Driving up Franklin Street, Meg marveled at the beauty of the large, old, tree branches arched over the road, delighted in the tattooed and multi-pierced teens gathered in front of the post office, and took in the crowds of people enjoying a Saturday night on the town. For Meg it was love at first sight. She and her soon-to-be-husband Zach Robertshaw settled in Chapel Hill and have lived here happily ever since. That first drive through downtown Chapel Hill was prophetic because Meg now makes her living as the executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
Before the Downtown Partnership, Meg worked at the Street Scene Teen Center part-time, while holding down a full-time job as the coordinator of Volunteers for Youth’s community service and restitution program, a position she held from 1999 – 2007. Meg fondly remembers a culture at Volunteers for Youth that was supportive for staff as well as clients and she enjoys her frequent encounters with past program participants from Volunteers for Youth. “Walking around downtown or being out in the community — all the time, I run into kids that I worked with at VFY. I’m always so proud of them and the amazing young adults they’ve become. It’s because they are strong, smart individuals and they had a supportive system in our community that rallied around them when they were children and in a time of need. VFY has cultivated that support system into a beautiful mix of programs and projects — mentoring, community service, teen court — all opportunities for children to be engaged in positive activities with adults who are true role models.”
Category: 30 Years