Current Youth Master Plan initiatives include:
The Active Living focus of HEAL (Healthy Eating/Active Living) work seeks to improve the health outcomes for youth and families in Lake County through a community organizing and a Collective Impact framework. Active living aims to improve opportunities for the residents of Lake County to physically engage in their surroundings. To support this effort, the Active Living work currently encompases two projects: The Nature Play Yard at Mountain View Mobile Home Park and the Complete Streets Coalition.
The Nature Play Yard project focuses on revitalizing a park in the mobile home community that supports child development through “non-traditional” play equipment. The “non-traditional” play equipment incorporates more natural materials for youth to play on such as boulders, logs, and stumps. Incorporating natural materials into parks enhance the youth’s creativity during play.
The Complete Streets Coalitions works to improve infrastructure in Lake County for pedestrians and cyclists by making public spaces more accessible and equitable for all. The group is currently working on writing and then implementing a City and County-wide Complete Streets policy. At the moment, the group is working on three infrastructure projects that include improvements or additions of crosswalks to 12th and Poplar, Hwy 24 and McWethy, and a crosswalk in the Mountain View Mobile Home Park.
To get involved with Active Living, contact Brayhan Reveles (Spanish or English), HEAL Coordinator, at email@example.com or 719-486-0820.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health
The ATOD Prevention Action Team is working to build an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-free (ATOD-free) community. As part of this work, Lake County Build a Generation has partnered with Lake County School District to form the Lake County Youth Council, in which youth are focused on creating dialogue and encouraging healthy choices around substance use, mental health and active living. These youth are prepared and ready to partner with Lake County Build a Generation when opportunities arise for youth engagement. To get involved, contact Kevin Pokorny at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our Youth Tobacco work is focused on ensuring our local schools have the tools they need to comply with the Tobacco-Free Schools Policy. To learn more, contact Kevin Pokorny at email@example.com.