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GRAND FORKS YOUTH COMMISSION
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - - 11:30 a.m. - - A101
Minutes

Youth Commission (schools represented):
Schroeder, South, Valley, Central, Red River

Library Input Session

Susan Mickelson gave a presentation on the proposed library project which reviewed various items that could be included in the project if the vote approves the funding for the project. Everyone present had the opportunity to “vote” for the 5 items that they would most like to see included in the library.

Feed the Children

Central had 12 volunteers registered and 4 actually participated. The group discussed that if we choose to participate in this event in the future we need to reserve a timeslot earlier so that it would be easier to coordinate the volunteer recruitment. Overall the project was a huge success in the community. The consensus of the group was that this is the type of activity that is appropriate for the Youth Commission to be involved in. It would be beneficial to have t-shirts for the Youth Commission so that when we volunteer at a community event we are easily recognized.

Joint Meeting with Lakota Youth Commission

4 members attended and met with the commissioners from Lakota. They discussed activities that each group has done in the past. Their group seems to put on more large community events that affect their community as a whole. Consensus was that we would like to see our group do more things like the Celebration Event last December. The Lakota group also funds many of their activities with grants that they receive from a variety of sources. Artwise was a suggestion of an activity that involves many youth in the community and perhaps for next year we should plan for having a booth there.

Another difference is that the Lakota youth are elected by the youth in their school, take an oath when they take office, and get a guidebook which details their responsibilities. Grand Forks commissioners are elected from the YORS groups at each school. The youth discussed whether it would be possible to do a school wide election in our schools as they are much larger than Lakota’s school. The idea of campaigning and making youth in your school aware of what the commission does and your platform could be done. It would require a concept paper be written and presented to the Principal’s group to see if they would approve the plan. The timing of the election was also discussed and perhaps have it mid-year instead of in the fall would allow for more continuity and the ability to continue the work in the summer. These are all good ideas, but probably could not be put in place by next year, but perhaps for the following year. All youth agreed that it would be good to continue to meet over the summer this year. This will be discussed more at the YORS meetings and next month’s meeting.

Representatives to speak at the City Council meeting on May 2, 2011

Kaitlyn and Jordy will represent the group.

Posters to Promote YC and YORS

No posters were turned in at the YORS meetings or brought today. Some were interested, but were struggling with how to get the file in the right computer format to submit them. Anyone interested should draw up a poster any way they have available to them and bring them for review to YORS or the next YC meeting.

Youth Hangout Presentation

Mike Peterson and Patrick Coles were present to talk about their idea to bring a new youth hangout location to Grand Forks. They are trying to pattern their facility after The Garage in Burnsville, MN. The staffing would be primarily done through volunteers and adult supervision would always be present. The facility would be located downtown. It would provide a venue for bands to perform as well as just a place for youth to come and hangout, play video games, work on homework, or perhaps do some educational programs. At present they are trying to put together a funding proposal to submit to the Pepsi Refresh Project which could give a grant for either $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000. They believe that they are in a good position to be considered for the higher level grant due to the need in our community for a teen place. Currently they have an arrangement with Freedom Church downtown to hold some events there on evenings and have had very good turnout for their events. They are also planning an event for May 26 in Townsquare featuring the band Fireflight.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00.

Sherie Lundmark
Admin Spec Sr