Youth As Resources of Crow Wing County announced funding for the Cuyuna Skate Park, requested by a group of Crosby youth.
The youth secured the support of the city of Crosby and adult advocate, Tom Burgwald. They have begun fund-raising to convert the old tennis courts in the Crosby City Park into a high quality skate park that will provide a safe and challenging place for skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX bikers to practice and perform. YAR is contributing $2,000 to the $85,000 venture.
"When a whole community backs youth who find a safe alternative outlet for their peers, we want to be involved. We are very impressed with the commitment we see from the group -- from their research of other parks to their grant proposal writing and their fund-raising dance," said YAR Director Judy Kidder.
YAR is funded in Crow Wing County by the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls, the Family Services Collaborative and the Otto Bremer Foundation. YAR's mission is to provide small grants to youth to design and carry out service projects that address social problems in their communities. YAR's next proposal deadline is Nov. 1.
Groups or individuals can contact Kidder at 829-9100. Grant proposal forms are available to print from YAR's community Web site at lakesarea.net. Click the "Community Website" box and then the "Kids & Teens" listing to find YAR.
Forms can also be obtained from the following youth board members: Amelia Cohoes, Mandy Copa, Rachel Cross, Jessica Dieter, David Roloff, Deb Roloff, Kyle Schilling, or Katie Toumi.
Proposals can be sent or hand-delivered to 510 S. 10th St., Brainerd, MN 56401, by the deadline above to be considered for funding.
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