Council briefed Tuesday on local youth efforts

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In other action

At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 6-0, the request for a site plan for a professional building at 415 Green St.

• Approved, 6-0, the reappointment of Jim Meineke and Mike Tucci to the city of Craig Planning and Zoning Commission for a new term.

• Approved, 6-0, a bid for chemicals for 2010 for the water and wastewater departments.

• Approved, 6-0, a bid for three desktop computer workstations to Dell Computers for $4,481.40.

• Approved, 6-0, a proposal for independent audits of funds for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 from the firm Poysti & Adams.

For more

For more information on the Youth Leadership Team and the Rural Collaborative for Runaway and Homeless Youth Advisory Committee, call 824-9105.

Paula Reed is looking for community members to help keep local youth safe.

The Craig City Council received Tuesday night an update from Reed on behalf of Moffat County Youth Services and the Rural Collaborative for Runaway and Homeless Youth.

While detailing the work the RCRHY has done in the area since October, Reed, the group’s Moffat County coordinator, asked council members to consider joining the group’s advisory board.

“Right now, the advisory board consists of members from Love, INC., the School Board, Community Budget Center, the VNA, the Work Force Center, the SWAT Program and the high school,” Reed said. “We need an elected official to sit on the board with us.”

Reed said she also was seeking to have representatives from Colorado Northwestern Community College and the local business community.

“I think it would be really helpful to have a business person working with us because they can assist us with things like networking and getting the kids that we work with set up with jobs,” she said.

Providing education and work opportunities are only a few of the things the group does for runaways and homeless youths.

Reed said the collaborative’s objective is to help children between 12 and 24 become self-sufficient if they are on their own, or otherwise improve their living situations.

“The Youth Leadership Team is a big part of the youth outreach here,” she said.

The Youth Leadership Team, overseen by Reed, began in October 2009 with one member, and the roster has since grown to 12.

Justin Zufelt, 19, a Moffat County High School senior and the first to join the team, attended the council meeting.

Zufelt discussed his part in helping his peers, along with fellow team member Cole Pourier, 18.

Pourier emphasized the group’s participation in National Safe Place, an alliance of businesses who provide a haven for youths who need protection.

He also talked about how members of the state Youth Leadership Team spoke to Colorado legislators about the necessity of foster care benefits.

The collaborative receives its funding through federal and state grants, which council member Jennifer Riley said she found impressive.

“I’m astounded that they’re able to find funding with the economy the way it is now,” Riley said.

Riley said she was unsure if she could commit to joining the advisory board, which meets in the basement of the Moffat County Courthouse the third Tuesday of every month, but she said she fully supported the collaborative.

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