Youth Changing the Community

The High Desert Partnership, a rural nonprofit that strives to advance collaborative relationships between Harney County residents and government, convened the Youth Changing the Community (YCTC) initiative with assistance from Oregon Consensus. High Desert Partnership brought together a group of leaders from education, health, justice, natural resources, and other fields to coordinate and take strategic collective action, through communication and projects, to support Harney County youth. Local youth are leaders in the initiative and are providing input on the best ways to enhance their lives, developing project ideas, and participating in implementing projects. One project would rehabilitate a skate park in Hines, Oregon. Additional subcommittees are identifying other YCTC projects that will help meet established goals of healthy beginnings, caring adults, safe places, effective education, chances to help others, and access to opportunities.