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Youth council moves into second year

 

Last updated 9/22/2021 at 10:47am

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Members of the Fountain Youth Council are shown during a visit to the city's Public Safety departments this year.

The Fountain Youth Council (FYC) is gearing up for another year of learning and activities, and local teens are encouraged to join.

In April 2020, the Fountain City Council voted to create FYC as a group for students 14-18 years old. Fountain City Council member Detra Duncan became FYC's organizer, and described its focus as getting young people involved in community matters.

"We've lost political science in our schools, so this is a way for the kids to know what our government is about," Duncan said. "My main focus is to not lose our children when it comes to elections. I'm trying to get kids to know what our government is about."

In July 2020, the city announced that FYC was accepting applications, and it was soon up and running. While COVID-19 limited in-person meetings for much of 2020, FYC used Zoom to plan projects, communicate regularly and elect officers.

"We had a great turnout with the youth via Zoom," Duncan said. "We used that time to do administrative stuff."

Even with restrictions, FYC has done many things over the last 12 months. They've held meetings in Fountain City Hall's Council Chamber, visited the Fountain Valley Museum to learn area history and traditions, and met with police officers and firefighters. FYC members have also talked with Mayor Gabe Ortega and City Manager Scott Trainor about local government, which Duncan highlighted as an educational opportunity.

"That was the main purpose of meeting with our city manager and our mayor – that they know what our government is about, what it takes to be in those positions," she explained. "Then, we can keep them here in the city so that when these positions come open, the people who live and grew up in Fountain have those positions, [as opposed to] people who don't know anything about our city."

FYC has also done community service. In November 2020-February 2021, they held a hat and gloves drive, collecting over 5,000 items that the Salvation Army Fountain Valley Corps distributed to people in need. In April 2021, they did a book drive in the Cross Creek area.

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Members of the Fountain Youth Council try out the City Council seats at City Hall.

"We donated books to the library, we donated books to the Literacy UCCS group, and we also brought books to the [Little Free Library] program," Duncan said.

After a summer break, FYC is getting back into action. On Sunday, Sept. 26, FYC will meet at Fountain City Hall (116 S. Main St.) to introduce new members and discuss upcoming projects.

"What we're going to do moving forward, is continue to develop them with leaders in our community," Duncan said. "One of the ways that we're going to do that is team up with the Fountain Recreation Department; we're going to have a campaign to stop vandalism in our parks, to keep them clean."

To join or learn more about FYC, go to fountaincolorado.org/government/city_council/fountain_youth_council, or check out facebook.com/fountain.youthcouncil.

 

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