To maximize the community’s efforts and resources being devoted to the youth of Bryan, the position of Youth Services Coordinator was created.
The Youth Services Coordinator is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing community-wide programs and initiatives supporting area youths. The main focus of the Youth Services Office is coordination. Serving as a liaison between the City Manager and internal, inter-departmental, community, civic, business, educational, and social agencies, the Youth Services Coordinator identifies and coordinates programs to provide positive alternatives for young people who may be influenced by delinquent behavior.
The Youth Services Coordinator also serves on the Executive Management Team and is a main advisor to the Mayor, City Council and City Manager on all areas regarding youth development within the community.
New Horizon Scholarship
The New Horizon Scholarship Program is a unique, community-based effort that annually awards $1,000 in scholarship certificates to carefully selected high school juniors with financial need. Recipients are from both Bryan High School and A&M Consolidated High School.
The purpose of the New Horizon Scholarship Program is to motivate students who might not otherwise be encouraged to pursue college as a realistic goal. Since 1993, New Horizon scholarships have been awarded to 220 deserving BHS and AMCHS students.
For more information on the New Horizon Scholarship Program, please use the Bryan contact information at the bottom of this page.
Bryan Receives National Recognition for its Support of Parenting
The National League of Cities, or NLC, recently selected Bryan as one of six cities nationwide to receive technical assistance in developing long-term, strategic action plans that promote initiatives to support parents of young children in their communities.
Bryan’s participation in the Cities Supporting Parents of Young Children project came from its involvement in NLC’s 2005 City Leadership Academy on Cities Supporting Parents of Young Children, and its high level of commitment to dedicating the time and resources necessary to make this project successful.
The NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, or YEF Institute, will provide the technical assistance for the project.
“It’s a tremendous honor to participate in this unique technical assistance project being offered by NLC,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Madison. “In traveling to Washington, D.C. for the leadership academy earlier this year, I was extremely impressed with the experts who spoke to us and the amount of resources and materials that were shared with us.”
In addition to Bryan, the selected cities include Fort Worth, Lakewood, OH, Charleston, SC, Enfield, CT and Longmont, CO.
The selected cities will create and adopt strong, outcome-oriented parent support plans for their communities that address at least two of these major strands of parent support: communication campaigns; initiatives to connect families with early childhood resources; programs to engage and empower parents; and efforts to establish or expand family-friendly workplace policies.
“I think Bryan was selected because of the community’s strong collaborations supporting parents of young children,” said Ronnie Jackson, longtime Neighborhood/Youth Services manager for the City of Bryan. “Just look at United Way’s Success by 6 initiative, the Early Childhood Intervention program through MHMR, and the Carver Early Childhood Center and Head Start programs fostered through the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency.”
“We hope to heighten the community’s awareness of the services these programs offer as well as strengthen our parents’ abilities to access these resources through family-friendly workplace policies,” Jackson said.
Each city will receive individual assistance from YEF Institute staff and access to related resources and expertise through conference calls, sharing of materials and networking opportunities.
For more information:
Youth Services, City of Bryan | (979) 209-5008
Abby Hughes Holsclaw, National League of Cities | (202) 626-3107