Fort Washakie teens meet with SBCApr 17, 2016 From staff and wire reports
Fort Washakie High School students met April 5 with the Eastern Shoshone Business Council at tribal headquarters in Fort Washakie.
Chairman Darwin St. Clair extended the invitation to hear ideas concerning how the community could help better meet the needs of youth. The council also wanted to encourage the youth to become more engaged.
FWHS staff members Alice Ferris (grandparent), Scott Polson (counselor) and Shad Hamilton (principal) helped the students schedule the meeting.
Teachers worked with them in their homeroom groups to develop ideas for activities and services the tribe could provide for the benefit of youth, and they worked to prepare the students for the meeting.
Students elected to have seniors Ty-Bailey Plentyhoops and Brand-on Whiteman speak to the SBC on their behalf. Around 25 students attended .
Council members encouraged the FWHS students to become more active in their community. St. Clair suggested students meet with the director of the Boys and Girls club to plan more activities for high school-aged youth.
Councilman Ivan Posey said the council would welcome hearing from youth more often. Co-chairman Clint Wagon encouraged the students to get a student council going again and participate in more sports, clubs, and activities at school. Councilman Mike Ching-man challenged FWHS students to organize and sponsor a community service related event between now and Labor Day (when they plan to host the Moccasin Lake Challenge Run). If FWHS students meet the challenge, Chingman said he would honor them at the Moccasin Lake Challenge Run.
Council member member Jodie Mc Adams wanted to follow up with students in another meeting, perhaps at their school, in May.
FWHS principal Shad Hamilton pledged to work with school staff and students to help facilitate and ensure action toward some of the ideas discussed in the meeting.
"FWHS students are looking forward to another meeting with the SBC in May and greatly appreciated the time the board provided to hear their concerns," Hamilton said.
- Teen Center with activities
- Substance Abuse Counseling and other issues
- Field trip/travel opportunities in the community
- Community mobilization during a crisis
- Community food drive
- Round dance/powwow
- Guest speaker/comedian
- Providing meals for affected families
- Rec or activities center
- Swimming pool
- Halfway home/house/apartments for kids to be safe be fed, sleep, clothes washer, shower, counselors, baby supplies
- Workout room, game room, sit and chill room with TV, food
- Fix the hot springs swimming area
- A rec center specifically for high school students (basketball court, pool, game room, work out room, game room, music/chill room) with food
- A building that is perhaps half a half-way house and half a shelter. It would include a place to sleep at night that's safe, food, free washer and dryer, showers, counselors, diapers, baby food