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July 9, 2013

Sports facilities not a top youth need


We, as a community, will not fulfill the five promises to all of our kids if we let a market study from an outside group determine what will “help our kids.” In the absence of Youth Voice, we as a community need to find a way for adults to listen to a broad spectrum of youth with an open-mind, to ask tough questions whose answers we might not want to hear, and to truly collaborate with youth in order to determine what will make Mankato/North Mankato a great place for all kids to live, learn, work, play, worship, and grow.

The Report on the Well-Being of Children and Youth in Mankato/North Mankato, Fulfilling the Five Promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places, Healthy Start and Healthy Development, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others can be accessed by going to:

Nancy Fitzsimons is a professor of Social Work at Minnesota State University and lives in North Mankato.


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