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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - - 11:30 a.m. - - A101

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

Lakota Youth Commission Opportunity

Mayor Pawlikowski of Lakota, ND has contacted Mayor Brown on behalf of the Lakota Youth Commission. They have been discussing topics affecting youth that are similar to those we have been discussing and would like to have a joint meeting with the Grand Forks Youth Commission. The group discussed the idea and voted unanimously to have a joint meeting. Mayor Brown and Pete Haga will be in contact with the Lakota Youth Commission and work on a date for a meeting.

Feed the Children

Maureen Storstad stated that there is a group of churches that are working with an international organization on a food drive to benefit starving children. The project is similar to the recent “Fill the Dome” drive that was held in Fargo. There are numerous ways for volunteers to assist with the program from fundraising to helping to pack the donated food into boxes and a semi. The students received a letter with more details that they could review and if they want more information or to participate this item can be brought back at another meeting for more discussion.

Near North Neighborhood Community Center

Muriel Kingery explained to the youth what the near north neighborhood is and informed them of the community center that has been established in Wilder School and the activities that are available for community members at the center. She explained that they are looking for input on programs or activities that would be interesting for Middle School and High School youth including perhaps classes that could be offered. She will also be bringing information into the schools in the area and to other civic groups around the community and encouraged the youth to let her know ideas that they would like to see. She provided her contact information as well as a flyer about the center to the group.

100 Best Communities for Young People Recognition Efforts

Several members of the group worked the day after Thanksgiving and completed the lighted display in the Christmas in the Park and it looks great. Everyone was encouraged to check it out.

The group gave updates on their parts of the planning for the 100 Best Communities Celebration Event scheduled for December 18 at Lincoln Drive Park. Discussion included what items still needed follow-up, who was available to volunteer, and how the effort to publicize the event was going. Ms. Cody Ruxton from the America’s Promise organization will be in town that weekend to visit our community and attend the event.

Defending Childhood – Safer Tomorrow Grant Advisory Role

Janelle Regimbal, Lutheran Social Services, and Kristi Hall-Jiran, Community Violence Intervention Center, stated that last spring they had visited with the group about assisting with a grant which the City was applying for which would target issues of safe environments for youth in the community. They announced that the City of Grand Forks has been selected as 1 of the 8 groups nationwide that will receive funding from this grant. They introduced a group of representatives from Washington DC that are here to visit the community and gather further information about us as part of the grant process. We are now in the phase of the grant that will determine the level of funding that we will receive. The representatives each introduced themselves and shared comments on their organization, what they hope the grant will bring to communities and expressed thanks to the youth for their involvement in the Youth Commission and in their efforts to make their community a better place.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00.

Respectfully submitted,
Sherie Lundmark
Admin Spec Sr.