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Release Community Needs Survey of Santa Fe Teens
In a Monday morning press conference, Mayor Javier M. Gonzales sat down with young Santa Fe leaders Anthony Rivera Ibarra and Britanny Gurule, Secretary Monique Jacobson of the Children Youth and Families Department, and Superintendent Joel Boyd of Santa Fe Public Schools to unveil the results of a survey, initiated and administered by young Santa Feans, that asked teenagers in our community what they look for most out of their city and state governments and schools. Press conference video available here.
Among teenagers’ top concerns are job opportunities, the need to feel like more trusted members of the community, real-world readiness and more affordable access to the arts world, including classes, camps and other activities. The full results of that survey are attached.
At tomorrow’s Youth Summit, 15 youth facilitators will lead more than 300 young Santa Feans in discussions seeking solutions and ideas that address the challenges the survey identified and other topics. The summit agenda is also attached.
After the press conference, Mayor Gonzales said, “Our goal is a big one. Nothing short of birth-to-career support, for every child born and raised in Santa Fe will do. Everything we’re doing is building steadily toward that goal."
He added, “Tomorrow’s summit is so important because getting where we’re going is going to take a massive coordination of time, effort and resources, and we have to give young people a voice in that process.”
A year and a half into his first term, Mayor Gonzales has launched the Youth Advisory Board, the Children, Youth and Families Community Cabinet, the Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying, and other initiatives that create avenues for young people, elected officials, and other leaders to come together in pursuit of solutions. That process will take another step forward with the Youth Summit tomorrow.
To follow up on the output of tomorrow’s summit, Mayor Gonzales and the Community Services Department have partnered with Eagle Rock, a national leader in youth advocacy, to develop a data-driven framework for next steps.
The 2015 Santa Fe Mayor’s Youth Summit will take place tomorrow, October 27, from 9:00am to 1:30pm at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center.