Silver City, New Mexico, May 19, 2014: The free summer-long challenge for area youth, “101 Things For Youth To Do In Grant County,” kicks off Friday (May 23, 2014) from noon to 4 p.m. on the Grant County Courthouse Lawn, 201 N. Cooper St. Youth and their families will have a chance to see the prizes that will be raffled throughout the summer, ask questions about the challenge, enter give-a-ways and enjoy food, and like all the 101 Things to Do, everything is free.
The summer challenge is sponsored by the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (YSAPC) and created in partnership with the 51 establishments listed. The challenge is based on The Silver City Arts and Cultural District’s original program “101 Things To Do In Silver City.”
YSAPC Coordinator Razanna Robinson-Thomas says, “The YSAPC thinks this project would help answer the multigenerational question, ‘What is there to do?’ Also, it strengthens the number one resistance factor for youth…bonding! When youth feel loved or bonded they are less likely to abuse substances. We want to foster relationships where youth can bond better with our community!”
All Grant County Middle and High School students received the initial entry card at school this week. The card included the list of 101 Things For Youth To Do In Grant County and vouchers for a game of bowling at Silver Bowling Center (Number 37) and a breakfast burrito from the Courtyard Café at Gila Regional Medical Center, which has been nominated Best Breakfast Burrito Byway by New Mexico True (Number 51).
Graduating La Plata student, Cristin Malo was excited about the prospect of so many activities being offered this summer. “This is fantastic! I can’t wait to get started.”
Participating youths need to complete 20 activities from the list to be eligible for prizes, 10 of which must be activities offered by establishments, and then youth drop off the completed entry card to be eligible for prizes that will be awarded weekly from May 23 to August 10, 2014.
Youth can enter as many times as able, and are encouraged to participate in all 101 activities. Prizes include a tandem bike, unicycles, ukuleles, video camera, gift certificates, a guitar and much more. Prizes were selected by youth focus groups held by YSAPC.
Also, don’t worry about how youth will get to all 101 Things To Do, the entry card acts as a free bus pass on Corre Caminos, and also complete Number 47 on the challenge.
Brendan Sorrelgreen, The Wellness Coalition Program Coordinator whom also serves on the YSAPC Core Planning Committee, says, “This is an amazing opportunity for safe fun activities for youth to do in Grant County and highlights specific organizations and business in Grant County area and gets businesses involved in the importance of healthy activities for youth.”
According to Sorrelgreen, The Wellness Coalition is inviting youth to hang out at the Spot, (Number 29 and 73), “It’s a teen center available all summer long, and we are encouraging teens to play pool or a board game with our staff, but you can stop by any time even if you’re not participating in 101 Things!”
YSAPC member, Jim Helgert represents substance abuse treatment sector on the Coalition. Helgert says “I think it’s a great opportunity for youth to get out of the house and see what Grant County has to offer and be proud of our community. “ Helgert works with Recovery Management, small private community counseling agency, offering a field trip every month throughout the summer (Number 17).
“We are going to City of Rocks on June 13, and touring the different parts of the park including the solar walk. On July 18, we visit Little Walnut Picnic Grounds to hike the trails and enjoy a picnic lunch. Then, on Aug 1, we have a fishing trip to Bill Evans Lake and hopeful enjoy cooking fish caught by the youth,” adds Helgert. Youth can register for the field trips by calling the YSAPC to reserve a seat.
Helgert is enthusiastic about the program, “I think it’s amazing. This is what has been need for a long time: to bring the businesses, youth and community together!”
The “101 Things For Youth to Do In Grant County” program is intended for youth from ages 11 to 18.
YSAPC is a program of the Grant County Community Health Council, which is the Health and Wellness Planning Authority of the Grant County Board of Commissioners and supported by Gila Regional Medical Center.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:24