Committee Minutes

GRAND FORKS YOUTH COMMISSION
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - - 11:30 a.m. - - Council Chambers
Minutes

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

Welcome and Introduction
Pete Haga gave a brief welcome and comments on the Youth Commission. Those present introduced themselves.

Youth Commission – New Members and Leadership
The group discussed membership and the type of leadership to use for the Commission. There will be 2 reps from each school, elected from the school’s YORS group. In selecting reps, continuity on the commission should be considered so that momentum can keep the group going, perhaps look at one new and one old member, maybe not both seniors or 8th graders.

The group liked the CORE type leadership so that different people have a chance to lead projects and activities throughout the year and it isn’t all on one person. Haga stated that he would like to see a meeting of the leadership once a month besides the YORS meeting and the Commission meeting. We need to work on continuing to improve communication, both between members of the group and within the school. We will plan to elect CORE leaders at the next meeting, October 13 at 11:30a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Wellness Center Update
Deb Thompson, YMCA Executive Director, gave the group an update on the Wellness Center project including things that will be included in the facility, value of feedback from youth, and the timeline for the project.

Marketing GFYC in the Schools & Community
Mary Lien reported that the logo that the youth had selected last year will be going on t-shirts which all members of the YORS groups will get and that the simpler logo selected will be on stationery and pocket folders for the YORS groups.

The groups discussed ways to make the YORS groups more known in their schools and the Youth Commission more known in the community. The groups should develop a unified message that could be used in discussing the groups with others, possibly radio promotion, community event – either assisting with an existing one or creating one. For the YORS groups, marketing may need to be different in each school dependent on what the principals allow and the way that members are determined. Possible in school promotion ideas were announcements, talk during lunch or at an assembly. The youth were reminded that they need to make sure they use the activity permission sheets in the schools and get permission from the principal prior to doing any activities in the school.


Discussion of Agenda Items for next meeting
The youth risk survey has been completed and Mary Lien will be sharing the results at the next school board meeting. She offered to share them with the group at the October meeting. Other agendas items will include election of the commission leadership and discussion of message to use in marketing the commission.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00.

Respectfully submitted,

Sherie Lundmark
Admin Spec Sr.