One22 releases findings on county youth needs

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – One22 released last week its completed needs analysis of at-risk and in-need middle and high school aged students in Teton County. The project, was funded by the Laura Jane Musser Fund and prepared with the help of more than two dozen contributing organizations. It paints a stark picture of the challenges facing underserved youth in the community.

“When we’re working with families in crisis, no matter what the presenting circumstance, it’s important to keep in mind the impacts that housing and food insecurity, violence and discrimination, and lack of opportunity have on the next generation,” said One22 executive director Sharel Lund Love. “There are incredible resources for youth in Teton County, and all are seeking to deploy their services in the highest, best use. This study will aid all youth-serving organizations to refine programming according to real-world feedback to a trusted source.”

Love said One22 will continue to assemble data to help inform the community and its policy makers of the needs and challenges that often go unnoticed or misunderstood among the greater Teton area’s interdependent residents.

“The bottom line is that our children are facing some very grown up decisions, and some will break your heart,” Love said. “But we cannot expect to help their parents or them, though public policy or direct services, unless we understand their day-to-day realities in their own words.”

The research was conducted in the summer and fall of 2017, funded by a grant from the Laura Jane Musser Fund to help develop a comprehensive research project to uncover the needs of underserved youth in the community. The goal of this data-driven, first-hand analysis is to provide our community with the information necessary to design, improve, and implement youth programming.

An executive summary prepared by One22 program director Carey Stanley stated, “Economic challenges, immigration issues, college pressures, acceptance and social media acceptance, peer pressures related to drugs/alcohol/sex, and racism and discrimination were amongst the biggest issues facing youth in our community today. We hope that other stakeholders in the community, particularly those involved in Systems of Education, will work together to build future programming based on this research and the expressed needs and interests in the community.”

The analysis includes a comprehensive overview of research methods, findings, identified issues, and youth and family program recommendations.

Research team

Carmen Bonilla, Domenic Cuzzolina, Monica Lohn, Jack McGuire, Jordan Rich, Henry Sollitt, and Carey Stanley.

Contributing stakeholders

Teton Literacy Center, Teton County School District, Teton County Systems of Education, Teton Youth and Family Services, Doug Coombs Foundation, Teton County Library, Jackson Cupboard, Hole Food Rescue, GAP!, Teton County Parks and Recreation, Latina Leadership group, Boundless, Teton County Public Health, Teton County Systems of Care, Children’s Learning Center, Teton County Housing Authority, Immigrant Hope, Curran Seeley, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Grand Teton National Park, Community Safety Network, Jackson Hole tutoring and College Counseling, Growing Great Families, Jackson Hole Soccer Camp, Jackson High School Robotics Club, Jackson Hole Community School, and Jackson Hole Youth Soccer Association.

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