As the summer heats up so does the Salt Lake County Commission on Youth(COY), an advocacy organization formed in 1974 to promote youth causes and advise the Salt Lake County Mayor’s office in matters of youth planning, policies and procedures. The June strategic planning meeting launched discussion on hot topics such as the growing number of homeless youth, truancy, and parents and youth engaged in school and the education process. The board members (30 and counting) represent educators, administrators, parents and students from each of the four school districts in Salt Lake County, as well as community business representatives, social service, law enforcement and legal providers make up the diverse body of COY. It’s an amazing group of individuals who are all leaders in their field volunteering their time and pooling resources to positively impact youth programs. COY also recognizes youth and adults for their outstanding contributions in making a difference in the lives of youth.
The 9th Annual COY Awards were presented in May 2010 by Mayor Peter Corroon to individuals and groups serving in the community:
- Ocea Cuff for being a “Big “sister for over 3 years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
- Olivia Phelps-Director of Utah CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for creating Utah Friends of CASA and managing 300 volunteers
- The Gifted Music School Orchestra for raising funds and awareness of the Children’s Justice Center
- Acute Children’s Extended Services (ACES) for exceptional social and behavioral skills day treatment of children 5 to 12 years of age
COY will be receiving nominations for next year’s awards soon and is always looking for contributors both youth and adults to join the board.