Positive youth Development Impact September 2022

Positive Youth Development Educator Lisa Sanderson is building a new partnership to gain youth input regarding career, health and belonging concerns on which to base programming. “Swag Bags for Surveys”, inspired by Public Safety Specialist Santino Laster’s outreach to youth at Mead Library, offers a bag of nutritious shelf-stable snacks and toiletries in a meal tote provided by the Kohler Arts Center in exchange for their completion of a short survey. Mead Library, who is hosting the next Sheboygan United resource fair in September, has offered to implement surveys and host resulting programming. Boys and Girls Club and Kohler Arts Center are also interested in collaborating on creating and hosting youth programming. Lisa has reached out to other organizations including diverse student groups in area high schools for survey and programming participation after the start of the school year. Additional sponsorship was provided by Sheboygan Food Bank, Department of Workforce Development, and the Department of Health, with whom Lisa will share health-oriented youth input. Surveys began on August 15 at the Boys and Girls Club, with mental health issues, feelings of loneliness, and a desire for cultural acceptance shared by participating youth.