Lake County High School Youth Researchers Meet the Governor

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Berlie Mascarenez, Dominic Griego, Governor Hickenlooper, Briana Jaramillo, Gerardo Carrasco and Erin Allaman at the Colorado State Capitol on March 24, 2014.

Lake County High School Youth Researchers headed down to the State Capitol on Monday to showcase Lake County’s youth research work at the 2014 Kids Count report release. Erin Allaman, Director of Research and Evaluation for Lake County Build a Generation, spoke at the press conference about their work:

Students in Mr. Karl Remsens’s statistics classes now analyze much of the data on youth outcomes in our community and present their analyses to community leaders.  They are adept at telling stories with statistics, and are forthcoming with ideas about how to change they patterns they find.  For example, students were compelling presenters at our 2013 Community Data Summit and they recently set the agenda for tobacco prevention in Lake County. Over the last few years, they have provides insight into youth lives that would otherwise be missing from the conversation about data, and communicated these ideas in powerful ways- including digital stories and Photovoice projects. We are continually impressed at what effective advocates for change “students-equipped-with-statistics” can be when they present to adult leaders in the community. With youth as our leaders and data as a key tool, we believe we will one day soon be able to tell a very different story about our youth outcomes. 

They even fit in a quick photo opp with the governor (see photo above)!

The 2014 Kids Count report highlights the data work being done in Lake County. To read the full report, go here. (Lake County’s success story is highlighted on page 20.)

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