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Youth Engagement Programs

Model Town – Craig Schroeder (standing foreground) works with Grand County students on models they built to illustrate their vision for towns in Grand County. Schroeder, who works for the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, has been helping students in Grand County learn how to become more involved in community leadership and decision-making. He also helped direct an Entrepreneurship Camp on June 8-10 at Granby Ranch.

Model Town – Craig Schroeder (standing foreground) works with Grand County students on models they built to illustrate their vision for towns in Grand County. Schroeder, who works for the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, has been helping students in Grand County learn how to become more involved in community leadership and decision-making. He also helped direct an Entrepreneurship Camp on June 8-10 at Granby Ranch.

W.A.G. (We Are Grand)

2014-2015– Grand County Economic Development established a Youth Engagement initiative, with community
leaders, educators, youth and youth organization leaders with the goal of engaging youth in the community and integrating their voice in town and county projects.

This initiative will engage Grand County youth with adult leaders in creating opportunities for young people to be actively involved on a sustained basis in community and economic development across the county.

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  1. County Leadership Engagement and Youth Focus Groups
    • Facilitate informational meetings with county leaders and youth-serving program representatives to discuss the youth engagement strategy and program activities.
  2. Asset Mapping and Youth Engagement Action Plan Retreat
    • Identifying opportunities to utilize current resources in the community such as recreation venues, entrepreneur or artist communities and business development services. Assist Grand County Economic Development in drafting a Youth Engagement Action Plan with yearly goals, action steps, budget and benchmarks.
  3. Youth Assessment Survey 
    • In the 2015 Spring Semester 469 students ranging from 6th to 12th grade participated in a county youth survey to measure their perceptions of their community, future education and career plans, and desire to live in the local area in the future.
    • Survey highlights include:
      • Many students plan to attend college after high school
      • Youth are interested in a spectrum of career opportunities
      • Results are positive regarding the quality of life for young people
      • A number of youth are interested in owning their own business
      • Over half of youth surveyed would like to live in the local area in the future
      • Youth are seeking more entertainment and recreation options and jobs
      • Many youth have been asked for their input, but many more would volunteer
    • Full Survey Summary
  4. Youth Entrepreneurship Camp
    • This year we ignited a spark in the youth throughout our community by offering the first of many ESI Entrepreneurship Camps. Held at Granby Ranch Base Lodge we offered local kids a three day camp to explore the idea of owning their own business!  Thirty participants from all over Grand County came together to brainstorm new business ideas, start their own companies and begin making money. From dog washing, babysitting, lawn mowing, wood splitting, tutoring and up-cycling services to handmade crafts, local goods and solar products these kids took their businesses to the next level.

Annual ESI Entrepreneurship Camp

 

 

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