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Noelle Leavitt Riley: Young adults’ involvement in Craig

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Noelle Leavitt Riley

The Craig Daily Press on Wednesday held Coffee and a Newspaper, at which newspaper representatives and community members discussed how to get young adults involved in various Craig activities and events.

Unfortunately, I was the only young adult present, but at least I was able to highlight some of my ideas. To clarify, I'm not sure if I actually qualify as a "young" adult, as I'm 34 years old.

Technically, my age group falls under Generation X, and those in their 20s are classified as Generation Y, also known as millennials.

Nonetheless, it was an interesting discussion, where the older generation outlined ideas on how to get budding adults engaged in activities throughout the city.

We also discussed how to keep the younger population in Craig, living and thriving in our community. Oftentimes, some of the best and most promising young folks don't stay.

An idea I had was to have recreational volunteer opportunities for young adults. Perhaps Parks and Rec could start a volunteer group aimed at helping build or rebuild recreation trails throughout Craig and Moffat County. I know that I personally would enjoy boosting outdoor activities in our area.

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Another thought outlined was to encourage churches to offer programs and/or activities targeted at the Generation X and Y populations.

Perhaps the biggest question weighing on our minds was how to get the younger generations involved in programs such as Crab Fest, Cowboy Christmas, Diamonds and Spurs and the Kiwanis Play that happen every year. Those four events are so much fun — I know because my husband and I attended all of them, which was a wonderful way to integrate ourselves into Craig.

The bottom line is that we need to make Craig more livable for my generation and the generation after mine. How do we do that? I don't know, but I'm willing to try some of the ideas outlined at Coffee and a Newspaper.

One thing Craig doesn't have that I've seen in other small communities is a Newcomers Club for those who just moved to the area. I'd be willing to start something like that with a little help from others from my generation.

If you have ideas, please contact me or send me a letter to the editor. Let's get the ball rolling.

It makes me think of my favorite quote:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

— Margaret Mead

Noelle Leavitt Riley is the managing editor of the Craig Daily Press. Contact her at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.