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GRAND FORKS YOUTH COMMISSION
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - - 11:30 a.m. - - A101
Minutes

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

Welcome
Pete Haga welcomed new and returning commissioners.

100 Best Communities for Young People
The City of Grand Forks recently received notification that we have been designated as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise, a national organization that works toward healthy safe places for youth. This award has been given for four years and we are one of the few communities in the nation to receive it all four years. With the award the City receives $1,000 to use for a community celebration in honor of the award. Commissioners were asked to think about ideas for a type of celebration that would appeal to youth and bring input to the next meeting.

Communication
Karen Axvig discussed communication with the Commissioners. She said that they had discussed using a Facebook page, but a decision was made to stay with email at this time. A gmail account will be set up for each commissioner and that will be used for information about commission business.

Texting While Driving Survey Results
A marketing group from Red River conducted a texting while driving (TWD) survey in the high schools and presented their results to the Commission. The Commission discussed strategies that could be used to discourage community members, both youth and adults, to not text and drive as well as different educational programs that could be used to increase awareness of the dangers of TWD. Karma Hanson with Safe Kids was present at the meeting and provided information on the new ordinance and samples of some educational information that will be used to kick off the campaign against TWD in the community.

The Commission approved a resolution against TWD and encouraging the efforts to educate and raise awareness of the dangers of TWD.
Click here to view Resolution 2010-1 adopted by the Youth Commission.

Youth Risk and Protective Factor Survey Results
Karen Axvig began a review of the survey results from the youth risk and protective factor survey that was taken by youth last spring. Due to time, the presentation and discussion of this item was tabled until the next meeting.

Core Leadership Elections
The Commissioners were given information on the Core leadership model. Election of the Core leadership will occur at the November Commission meeting. Anyone wishing to serve as a member of the Core leadership team will be asked to give a short statement as to why they would like to be elected and what characteristics they would bring to the office. The Core leaders will attend the November 15 City Council meeting to give an update on the Youth Commission.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00.

Respectfully submitted,
Sherie Lundmark
Admin Spec Sr.