Written by: Sara Smith (Americorps VISTA)
There are so many times where youth don’t feel like their needs are being met. But if we (youth working organizations) are striving everyday to “fix” or resolve these issues, why aren’t youth today vibrant and fulfilled?
I have an answer, simple as it may be…we don’t know much about the reality of youth, because we are not living their lives every day. We can say things like, “I have been there before”, or “I know what you mean”, but realistically, times have changed. What we may have looked forward to, or what we may have needed as young adults growing up is rapidly changing.
How do we find the answer?
ASK THEM! Be a friend, and not a warden. Youth don’t like when you talk at them, they love when you let them talk!
Want to know their “truth”?
Get on their “level” and try to understand what the issues are that they are facing. Too many times are we prescribing solutions that don’t attack the true problems. Let’s stop fighting a blind fight.
Want to know the truth?
Invite your youth out to our “#WereJustSayin” event that will be held at WFYI on Novermber 16th, and let them have a voice, listen to their concerns, and find the RIGHT solution.
If you are a youth serving organization but don’t have the time to bring youth?
Email me at [email protected], we will have special seating for organizations that wish to come out and lend an ear!
- At least 1 adult must maintain CPR Certification
- First aid certification for staff
- Staff training for child abuse detection and prevention for all employees
- 12 hours of continuing education credits
- Child care for homes
- Child care centers
- Child care ministries
- Provider shall ensure that a child in the providers care is continually supervised by a caregiver
- If children less than 12 months old are being cared for- complete training course on safe sleep practice and ensure caregivers follow protocol
- Complete safe sleep training for children 12 months old and under
- Caregiver to child ratio similar to PD 3091
Mass transit is a hot button issue these days in central Indiana. Several groups, such as Indy Connect and the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) have been in the planning stages of increasing ease of access in central Indiana. The stumbling block occurs, however, when funding is examined. As you can imagine, changing mass transit is expensive. Building roads and rail systems are pricey, as are the buying and upkeep of buses and services. At the Transit Interim Study Committee meeting on September 10th, Senator Waltz proposed his plan for central Indiana mass transit, which would include road projects to justify the expense to tax payers who would not normally use mass transit, a reform of IndyGo, and bus rapid transit (BRT) lines. These BRT lines are being used in cities like Cleveland. For more information about their transit model, click here.