Heartland Community Foundation
The Heartland Community Foundation is hosting a Strategic Doing event in August, only for local teens.
The aim is to involve high school students in the region and find out what they believe would make local communities even stronger. Teens notice things adults and community leaders don’t, and Heartland wants to hear their big ideas.
the Ellis County Teen Talkback will be of 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., August 11 to Hays Public Library in the young adult bedroom upstairs. Pizza and soda will be served. All teens who participate will be entered into a raffle to win an Amazon gift card.
High school students from Hays High, Ellis High, Victoria High, Thomas More Prep-Marian or those who are home-schooled are invited to participate and share their thoughts.
The strategic action aspect will encourage collaboration and action steps, if warranted, but the key objective is to gather feedback and opinions on the strengths and gaps of the local community. Comments collected will be shared with community leaders and relevant organizations.
Strategic Doing events are supported by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation in Northwestern Kansas’ 26 counties and facilitated by community foundations. Participation in the Ellis County Teen Talkback would be an activity to be included in student resumes or in scholarship applications.
â€œWe know the teens are busy, but we hope they can set aside some time to come and tell us what they would like to see in Ellis County. They can dream big – any idea is welcome. We just want to hear them, â€said Sarah Meitner, executive director of the Heartland Community Foundation. â€œWe hope to involve teens more regularly in the Heartland Community Foundation. ”
Meitner also noted that some teens are already familiar with the Heartland Community Foundation grant process. The foundation awarded more than $ 5,000 last fall to a teenager who applied for an audiovisual project. He also awarded more than $ 17,000 to two groups of teens during his spring cycle for a project in Ellis County and one in Trego County.