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10-17-18 YB1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 PARKS AND RECREATION YOUTH BOARD October 17, 2018 Following are the summary minutes from the Parks and Recreation Youth Board meeting held on Thursday, October 17, 2018 at the Parks and Recreation Conference Room, 1501 E. Hadley, Las Cruces, New Mexico. PARKS & RECREATION YOUTH BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Katie Allbright Jocelyn Contreras Cade Creason Annalise Edwards Elizabeth Furr Esther Heerema Susannah Jozwiak Nyasia Lambert-White Miranda Romero PARKS & RECREATION YOUTH BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Emma Christiano Kaitlin Nicole Fitzherbert Jonathan Lee Karen Melo Tanner Nielsen Sarah Rodriguez OTHERS PRESENT: Mark O'Neill, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Chair Robert Nunez, Recreation & Youth Services Administrator Sonya Delgado, Parks & Recreation Director Martha Moreno, Recording Secretary The meeting was called to order at 5:34 p.m. by Chair Katie Allbright and recognized the meeting as having a legal quorum. I. INTRODUCTIONS Board members introduced themselves. Staff introduced themselves and stated their position. II. CONFLICT OF INTEREST No conflict of interest. Ill. APPROVAL OF AGENDA Susannah: Moved to approve agenda, seconded by Annalise. Motion carried unanimously. 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Annalise: Nyasia: Robert: Moved to approve minutes for August 8, 2018 as presented, seconded by Susannah. Motion carried unanimously. Moved to approve minutes for September 13, 2018 as presented, seconded by Susannah. Motion carried unanimously. Madam chair and board members the minutes will be sent within 10 days after meeting, so you will have more time to review before next meeting date. V. PUBLIC COMMENT No comments. VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS A. Fall Activities -Volunteer Opportunities Katie: In the GroupMe App there is a list of the following fall activities that was sent out to all board members: • September 26-30 was the Southern New Mexico State Fair, received two (2) weeks prior, were not able to organize something on time. • October 13 which was four (4) days ago, not able to plan anything for theToss No Mas. The elementary schools are having their fall festivals on October 22 -26 ·does anyone have information? Elizabeth: Arrowhead is attempting to have a fall festival, I will send the date through GroupMe. Nyasia: White Sands fall festival is Friday, October 19 from 5 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Robert: Madam chair and board members I will reach out to White Sand Missile Range on what is needed to enter the base. Will send information through GroupMe. It would be ideal to car pool. B. Outreach to Middle & High Schools -Robert Nunez Robert: Robert: Miranda: Madam chair and board members I met with Las Cruces Public School Community Outreach Liaison Ms. Brigitte Zigelhofer. We can disseminate information on the Youth Board, must go through each school's principal. Miranda is a member of the bulldawg broadcast for Las Cruces High School. To submit a segment on the City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Youth Board to be broadcasted on Friday, November 2 during the Las 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 Cruces/Mayfield football game. Information for segment needs to be turned in no later than Thursday, November 1. C. Future Meeting Dates-Robert Nunez Robert: Madam chair and board members we have selected the 3rd Wednesday of each month for the board meetings. Meeting date for November is the 21st might want to consider on selecting a different date due to Thanksgiving week. Katie: Are we looking into selecting a different date for November and December. Robert: The December date would be ok to have the meeting date on the 19th. Katie: Do I have a motion to move November meeting date to November 14. Elizabeth: Moved to have meeting on November 14, seconded by Susannah. Motion carried unanimously. Katie: Will have discussion through GroupMe about December meeting date. VII. NEW BUSINESS A. Youth Board-Special Topics (Informational) 1. Feminine Health Issues and Solutions Robert: Madam Chair and board members I was approached by board member Elizabeth Furr regarding these two (2) topics to discuss. We have discussed at our meetings of possibly creating a platform for some topics that we would be able to reach our youth and teen population. Elizabeth: In low income communities, which Las Cruces is. Statistics show that youth that have their menstrual cycle do not attend school due to: Robert: • No money to purchase the products • Don't have support or understanding This should not be a problem. The product is available at the school, but you must go through the teacher or counselor for permission to see the nurse. This is very uncomfortable and sometimes they make you feel bad because you don't have the product on hand. I would like to bring up this issue to Las Cruces Public Schools and City Council for the possibility of having products available "free" at schools and public facilities (library, museums, etc.) In New York City a state law passed in 2017 providing free menstrual products available in all New York City public schools, shelters and jails. It has been proven that students attend school and healthier. Madam chair and board members I recommend the board to form a platform and identify 2 or 3 important subjects/issues to relate to the youth, give information and resources to benefit the youth in the community. 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19. 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 2. Healthy Decisions and Education about Sex Elizabeth: New Mexico has a high rate on teen pregnancy and child poverty those two things correlate. Actively public schools are not required to offer abstinence base sex education classes. Providing comprehensive abstinence base sex education lowers teen pregnancy and domestic violence. Susannah: I also think that it would drastically impact the rate of STD's in the community because when they are having unsafe sex not only pregnancy but spreading STD. What are you proposing that we do? Elizabeth: My proposition is that we offer a six (6) week program to ath and gth grade students with permission from parents during lunch break. The health department have provided classes before. Annalise: You talked about Domestic Violence and. Healthy Relationship. La Pinon does presentations/courses at the schools on Healthy Relationship and consent but not about sex education. Its more about sexual assault prevention and how to recognize the situation. Susannah: I feel that the whole idea of sex and healthy relationship go hand and hand. If there was a six (6) week program and have different speakers come in to present. In Santa Fe, NM they have a program where they have different speakers that share their experience. Elizabeth: Santa Fe, NM has a beautiful program and if we could model just a little bit of it; it would be a huge impact on our city. B. Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (Informational) -Chair Mark O'Neill Mark: Great things you are doing bringing up these topics, well presented. Thank you for attending the Bullying Coalition presentation presented by RJ Mitte. He talked about respecting yourself and others and taking charge. I'm part of the Bullying Coalition and have provided you a list of "To Stop Bullying". This is a list that I have collected from meetings from the coalition,· Las Cruces Public School, and other facts/material that I have researched. This is not a complete product it's for your information and you may add to it. Susannah: I believe the person that is doing the bullying should receive some type of counseling. Presentation as the schools to reach out to students. Educate the teachers for signs of bullying, would be huge impact on how students are treated. 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 Miranda: I believe in getting parents involved I think there is a lack of communication between the parent and kid. Educate the parents in recognizing the signs so they can be there for their kids. Elizabeth: Arrowhead has a program that invites the parents to come; not sure how well the program is. Mark: Your invited to "The Second Annual Southern New Mexico Kids Count Conference", November 14 presented by Ngage New Mexico. Katie: Those of you that couldn't attend the presentation at city hall, we were able to meet some neat people. It was awesome to see everybody come together. Mitte was given a key to the city by the Mayor. He spoke of being bullied when he was kid due to his illness (Cerebral Palsy). I got his contact information, possibly be a resource for us when he is in town and participate in our events. Robert: Madani chair and board members I will ask PIO if we can get a copy of the press conference and send that out to you. VIII. STAFF MEMBER COMMENTS Robert: Sonya: Madam chair and board members I'm on a Public Review Committee quality of life and education. Its organized through the city and other organizations. Public transportation, in 2019 will expand hours of operation to benefit residents in the community. This could assist the youth in our community to get home, attend activities/classes, library, facilities, etc. Las Cruces Public School board member requesting additional information. The city offers activities in the fall/winter (tree lighting, etc.) that the board might be interested in volunteering, manning a booth with information on the board or some type of participation. I will send a schedule of activities through GroupMe. Madam chair and members of the board this agenda is great and activities/topics for discussion. A couple of things: • Media Outreach -If the media contacts you, we have a protocol through the city. Need to contact Robert and he will notify upper management. • Platform -When you have 2 or 3 topics that you would like to act on. You would present it to the Parks & Recreation Advisory board for assistance; the youth board would draft a letter of support and advisory board would also draft a letter and both letters would go forward by myself or Robert to be presented to upper managemenUcouncii/LCPS. You can also put together a resolution stating/asking this is what you want to happen same steps are taken. • Program Policy -That would happen within the Parks and Recreation programming for example if you chose bullying and you wanted to implement, you put together the most important items 5 1 concerning bullying then you would go through the process. We 2 would go through the Parks and Recreation Advisory board, we 3 could do a resolution, or we would somehow incorporate some of 4 those items into our Parks and Recreation programming, so that 5 means we have rules or how we want to deal with bullying things of 6 that nature we may not able to do all things we can discuss process 7 and limitations. 8 9 Just wanted to bring up some items because this is some great work you 10 starting to do, wanted to give you more clarification, direction on how you 11 can get there, how far do you want to go and be realistic. We are here for 12 you. 13 14 Mark: I like what you are doing. Set your priorities on what you want to do. Get 15 involved in things that are going on in the community. Your chair attends 16 the advisory board meeting and reports on your board. I'm presenting to 17 city council work session on Monday, October 22 at 1 :00 p.m. on what we 18 are doing. I also attended the NMRPA conference in Indianapolis and will 19 give a report. 20 21 Sonya: The Parks and Recreation Youth Board will be reporting quarterly to City 22 Council. 23 24 Sonya: Madam chair and members of the board the Parks and Recreation 25 Advisory Board will mention that we are working with the Parks and 26 Recreation Youth Board at the city council work session on Monday, 27 October 22. In May or June, the Parks and Recreation Youth Board chair 28 will give a presentation. 29 30 IX. BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS 31 32 Susannah: I'm organizing a service project for community service hours on domestic 33 violence looking for volunteers if interested please let me know. 34 35 Jocelyn: I have a question, would the education on health and sexual be on consent 36 between the parties? 37 38 Susannah: Yes. 39 40 Elizabeth: Las Cruces Public School and Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) had 41 an active shooter drill at Mayfield High School. They are having the same 42 drill at Arrowhead Park Early College High January 9, 2019. I'm personally 43 strongly against it because; we have students that have gone through a 44 rough time such as domestic violence involving guns, it is during school 45 time and takes away from us. 46 47 Sonya: Madam chair and members of the board what we can do if you want we 48 can ask a member from the LCPD who is involved in that type of training 49 to come and answer any questions, give you an opportunity to voice your 50 concerns. 51 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Robert: Madam chair and board members also to make note early college is on NMSU campus I believe that jurisdiction falls under New Mexico State University police. Elizabeth: Arrowhead falls under New Mexico State Police. The training will be presented by LCPD, State Police and NMSU Police will be notified and they will not be involved at all. Katie: Another exciting thing that happen was meeting the exchange students from our Sister Cities from Germany on Tuesday, October 9. On Thursday, October 4 we attended the Nienburg Officials Meeting we presented the Parks and Recreation Youth Board. They were very interested in meeting us. Robert: Madam chair and board members on Wednesday, October 1 0 the students from Germany left for New York City for one week and were returning home (Germany). They attended Arrowhead Park Early College High for two (2) weeks .. I'm completing a write up for the City Managers Newsletter, Sun News and Las Cruces Bulletin. It was an amazing experience for them and us. X. ADJOURNMENT Katie: Adjourned the meeting at 7:04 p.m. 7