June 8, 1998
Youth advocates recommend new programs
by Jane McClure
Friends of Youth may soon administer a new Lower Snoqualmie Valley youth program, if the King County Community Services Division, which would provide funding, concurs with recommendations of local youth advocates. Representatives from the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, Friends of Youth, King County Parks and Recreation, Carnation Multi-Service Center, Children's Services of Sno-Valley and Teen Northshore met recently to address the lack of activities available to youth residing in the Lower Valley.
According to Network Coordinator Ellen Kropp, it was the consensus of the group that Friends of Youth assume administration, supervision and evaluation of programs targeted to children from grades 3 through middle school.
Friends of Youth staff will be responsible for inventorying existing youth programs and promoting these activities by producing a calendar of events. In addition to organizing some events, staff will help establish and support a local youth programs advisory committee, pursue development of a youth council and develop volunteer resources and services, including transportation, to support youth programs.
The advisory committee will be comprised of interested community members, representatives from youth-serving organizations, local government officials and others. The committee will oversee operations, direct program development and pursue long-term financial support and collaborations.