The FuN Group, a collaborative collection of Public Health departments, has welcomed youth to the table inviting their input in genuine and surprising ways. A group member who also represents the local suicide prevention coalition through Public Health connected with attending interns and invited them to review and provide feedback on a presentation he was working on for high school sophomores. PREP gets excited when youth voice gets a place to shine and truly have a positive impact on behalf of other youth!
By a coincidental stroke of luck, PREP overheard a conversation where library staff were saying they needed judges for a Cooking Class that CSU Extension was offering for children at four local library branches. PREP interns rose to the challenge! What teen doesn’t love the chance to eat free food? But wait! Did you say children were doing the cooking? Our teens braved the unknown and provided constructive and positive feedback on taste and presentation to ALL the groups that participated. They even got a little positive feedback themselves.
Interns have also enjoyed making and selling fresh lemonade at the Rifle Farmer’s Market where they are able to demonstrate their outgoing personalities and ability to make healthy decisions.