One22 Releases Findings from Teton County Community Youth Needs Analysis

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One22 released today its completed needs analysis of at-risk and in-need middle and high school aged students in Teton County. The project, which was funded by the Laura Jane Musser Fund and prepared with the help of more than two dozen contributing organizations, paints a stark picture of the challenges facing underserved youth in our community.

  Sharel Love with research team members Jack McGuire, Domenic Cuzzolina and Carey Stanley

Sharel Love with research team members Jack McGuire, Domenic Cuzzolina and Carey Stanley

“When we’re working with families in crisis, no matter what the presenting circumstance, it’s important to keep in mind the impacts that housing and food insecurity, violence and discrimination, and lack of opportunity have on the next generation,” said One22 Executive Director Sharel Lund Love.

“There are incredible resources for youth in Teton County, and all are seeking to deploy their services  in the highest, best use. This study will aid all youth-serving organizations to refine programming according to real-world feedback to a trusted source,” said Love. “The bottom line is that our children are facing some very grown up decisions, and some will break your heart. But we cannot expect to help their parents or them, though public policy or direct services, unless we understand their day-to-day realities in their own words.”

Love said One22 will continue to assemble data to help inform the community and its policy makers of the needs and challenges that often go unnoticed or misunderstood among the greater Teton area’s interdependent residents.

The research was conducted in the summer and fall of 2017 after One22 received a grant from the Laura Jane Musser Fund to help develop a comprehensive research project to uncover the needs of underserved youth in our community. The goal of this data-driven, first-hand analysis, is to provide our community with the information necessary to design, improve, and implement youth programming.

“Economic challenges, immigration issues, college pressures, acceptance and social media acceptance, peer pressures related to drugs/alcohol/sex, and racism and discrimination were amongst the biggest issues facing youth in our community today,” wrote One22 Program Director Carey Stanley in the executive summary. “We hope that other stakeholders in the community, particularly those involved in Systems of Education, will work together to build future programming based on this research and the expressed needs and interests in the community.”

The analysis includes a comprehensive overview of research methods, findings, identified issues, and youth and family program recommendations. The full report is now available at one22jh.org.

Research team

Carmen Bonilla, Domenic Cuzzolina, Monica Lohn, Jack McGuire, Jordan Rich, Henry Sollitt, and Carey Stanley

Contributing stakeholders

Teton Literacy Center, Teton County School District, Teton County Systems of Education, Teton Youth and Family Services, Doug Coombs Foundation, Teton County Library, Jackson Cupboard, Hole Food Rescue, GAP!, Teton County Parks and Recreation, Latina Leadership group, Boundless, Teton County Public Health, Teton County Systems of Care, Children's Learning Center, Teton County Housing Authority, Immigrant Hope, Curran Seeley, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Grand Teton National Park, Community Safety Network, Jackson Hole tutoring and College Counseling, Growing Great Families, Jackson Hole Soccer Camp, Jackson High School Robotics Club, Jackson Hole Community School, and Jackson Hole Youth Soccer Association

 

 

A Statement from One22 Regarding President Trump’s Move to End Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

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Unlike wildfires and hurricanes, the loss of a generation of dreams is one disaster that a collective will and legislative leadership can solve.

At One22 we are disappointed, but we are not surprised, by the Trump Administration’s announcement today ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has protected 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States  as children from deportation, allowing them to work and study here. This move was laid out in the president’s election campaign, and many of our clients began preparing for this possibility last November. Our hope is that the United States Congress will act thoughtfully in a bipartisan way to put together an alternative to the DACA program - one that brings stability to families in our communities, and honors the immigrant youth who are affected through no fault of their own.

We do not know how long this process will take, but One22 will be active in helping the civic dialog surrounding this issue to be respectful of the families in our schools, neighborhoods and workplaces who are our friends and colleagues. Jackson Hole is one, interdependent community, and those affected by this announcement are under considerable strain. They deserve our empathy and help, and at One22 we commit to provide both.

What we know: At this time, we understand that as a result of this announcement no new DACA program requests or applications for employment authorization documents (EADs) will be accepted, but that participants whose status expires between now and March 5, 2018, can submit renewal requests and EADs until October 5. We recommend the following website for additional information: https://www.uscis.gov/daca2017

Coming soon: We are working with community partners to offer resources to help expedite DACA renewal requests; more information about those options will be available in the coming days. We will keep our website and social media up to date with current news and information. Please visit www.one22jh.org.  

Right now: Those who need help preparing for a friend or family member to leave the home and/or depart the United States are urged to call the One22 office at 739-4500. We are able to support them in their emergency plans and in dealing with this difficult announcement from the White House today.

“All of us at One22 want a safe, healthy and secure community, as well as a vibrant economy, in which each resident has the opportunity to reach their dreams,” said Sharel Lund Love, Executive Director. “I hope everyone will implore our congresspeople to act thoughtfully on this challenging issue because, unlike the wildfires and hurricanes ravaging the west and south, the loss of a generation of dreams is one disaster that a collective will and legislative leadership can solve.”

 

US Senator Mike Enzi - (307) 739-9507

US Senator John Barrasso - (307) 261-6413

US Representative Liz Cheney - (307) 261-6595

 

About One22

One22 was established in 2016 by uniting three long-time legacy organizations, each with more than a decade of service to the most vulnerable segments of the Teton area: Community Resource Center, Latino Resource Center and El Puente. Through its interrelated programs, Language Access, Emergency Assistance, Latino Services and Community Education, One22 strives to help our neighbors manage hardship, make connections and move forward.