April 20, 1998

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Local teens set program priorities for next two years


Jane McClure/Valley View

Jerusha Billington (l) and Alex Winter were co-MCs of the Carnation-Duvall Youth Summit.

   by Jane McClure
   Contributing writer

   CARNATION--Establishment of a skate park-bike track is the number one priority for area youth, according to participants of the first Carnation-Duvall Youth Summit. Approximately 70 students representing Cedarcrest High School, Tolt Middle School and area homeschoolers attended the April 9 summit at Camp River Ranch in Carnation. The day-long event, sponsored by the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network and the King County Community Organizing Program, was convened to give youth an opportunity to express their ideas and desires to make the Carnation-Duvall area a more youth-friendly place in which to live. "This is an opportunity for youth to decide what is important and to ask adults for their support," said Ellen Kropp, Network Coordinator.
   After hearing a motivational talk from KIRO TV sports announcer Tony Ventrella, students brainstormed a list of 46 youth activities, then ranked them according to desirability. Fifty-two participants listed the skate park-bike track among their top three choices. An inproved youth center that would include a pool, clubs, movies, dances, outdoor play areas, music and Nintendo, was ranked among the top three by 27 youth. The availability of jobs and internships was included in the top three by 19 students.
   Parents and adults will get a chance to make these ideas come to life at a community meeting hosted by the Lower Valley Youth Program Advisory Board on Apr. 23, 7 p.m. at the Carnation Fire Station. Approximately 14 youths met weekly for six weeks prior to the Summit to plan the event. A youth council may be established to help implement the program priorities.

   Other event sponsors include the King County Department of Parks and Recreation, Children's Services of Sno-Valley, the Multi-Service Center of Snoqualmie Valley, Friends of Youth, Duvall Evangelical Methodist Church and Riverview School District.
   For more information, contact the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network at 425-333-6614.