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For the week of September 27 through October 3, 2000

The value of
Blaine County youth

Express photo by Willy Cook

Jessie Woodyard, 15, (left) and Marissa Evans, 13, were recognized for their work with the Blaine County Youth Project when they were presented with a proclamation of Youth Appreciation Month by the Blaine County Commissioners and the cities of Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley. Woodyard and Evans have been making public presentations at local government meetings as “asset builders”
promoting the Blaine County Youth Project.
Erin Hart, a project coordinator, said assets are those things needed by youth to become responsible, caring and healthy adults. There are 40 assets or “building blocks of healthy development,” she said, that were developed in a national survey by the Search Institute in Minneapolis.

According to Hart, the asset apparently most lacking in Blaine County is the value adults place on youth. Only one in five young people in the county believes they are valued by adults, according to a study conducted two years ago. To help rectify that and to recognize the girls’ work, Blaine County Commissioner Mary Ann Mix presented them with the proclamation and thanked them for their work at a homecoming pep rally at Wood River High School on Friday morning.


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