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Adair Youth Needs Assessment program finds Youth, Adults agreeing

In full article: Answer to question: If you were given $500,000 to address challenges in the community, what you would do and what you want Adair County to look like in ten years?. Both Youth and Adults in survey groups identify same two biggest challenges facing county as drugs and poverty. For more details, click on headline and read full story and most important of all: The Next Step
Response to: Joyce Coomer wants followup on findings of Youth Needs Assessment

By Tony Rose, Adair County Extension Agent for 4-H & Youth

During the Youth Needs Assessment program held on Friday, October 27 at the Adair County Cooperative Extension Office, a group of youth and adults were asked a series of questions related to their community. They were asked to list the most positive things about Adair County and what they would like the community to look like in ten years. They also created a list of what they perceived to be the biggest challenges for the community and ways to address those impediments.

Both adults and youth view Adair as safe, friendly place

The lists developed by the youth and the adults were compared and commonalities soon emerged. Each group viewed Adair County as a safe, friendly community with a good school system and lots of faith based programs/services. They report that the community has good kids and supportive parents/adults and access to clubs and organizations and good places for recreation such as Green River.

Both groups identify biggest challenges as drugs and poverty

When asked to identify the "biggest challenges in our country" the youth and adults were both quick to list drug use and poverty. They were also concerned about limited availability of jobs and lack of youth and adults with "life skills". Inadequate counseling services was also a concern for both groups as well as a lack of a youth focused community center. The youth were also very concerned about bullying, discrimination, equality and homelessness while the adults noted that they felt youth need more love, family security and caring adults in their lives.

The answer to facilitators $500,000 question

Facilitators posed interesting questions to the groups and asked them "if you were given $500,000 to address challenges in the community, what you would do and what you want Adair County to look like in ten years?"

Both youth and adults indicated that they would provide a community center for the youth and do something to provide local jobs and workforce training. They both wanted to address issues related to poverty such as better community access to food, housing and clean clothing.

The group decided that that want Adair County to be a drug free community with job opportunities, good healthcare, community centers and a strong support network for youth and families.

The next step to make goals a reality

The next step that will be taken is to form Youth/Adult Partnership groups to start developing more detailed solutions to the issues identified at the Forum. We will keep you up to date on how we move on in the next few months. If you would like to be part of this innovative process, please contact Tony Rose, Adair Cooperative Extensions Services Agent for 4-H Youth Development at 270-384-2317 or

Thanks to Debbie Cowan for help with this article. - Tony --Tony Rose

This story was posted on 2017-11-03 07:19:43
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