The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department serves as liaison on the Commission on Children & Youth. The City Council formally established the Commission on Children and Youth on April 26, 1994 as an advisory committee. The Commission is directed to:
- Gather and organize information from all people and entities in order to act as a source of information and referral on issues concerning children, youth and their families.
- Develop and periodically update a Commission action plan for children, youth and their families.
- Advise the City Council on acquiring and efficiently allocating resources and services for children, youth and their families;
- Promote the development and strengthen effective and accountable services for children, youth and their families.
- Strengthen communications and encourage collaborations between entities working with children, youth and their families.
- Serve as an advocate of local, state and federal policy benefiting children, youth and their families to the City Council, and to others as authorized by the Council.
This is a nine-member commission appointed by the City Council for three-year staggered terms. One member shall be a representative of each of the following fields: Health and Human Services, Youth and Family Services, Law Enforcement, Education, the District Attorney’s Office, as well as a youth representative and three at-large members. The CCY meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m., City Hall (1201 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401), Staff Conference Room.
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES PLATFORM
In 2007, the City Council passed a resolution supporting the Children, Youth and Family Platform of the National League of Cities and the Corpus Christi Commission on Children and Youth (CCY). Resolving to consider the health and well-being of its children and youth to be a top priority, the City committed to provide solutions and support for the following platform components:
- Identify needs, opportunities and priorities
- Promote and expand effective city-school collaboration
- Encourage and support youth voice, engagement and leadership
- City government shall be responsive to children, youth and family issues
- Measure progress in these areas over time
CONTACT & MORE INFORMATION
Henry Lara, Program Services Superintendent, Parks & Recreation
Alternate Phone: (361) 826-3464
DATA COLLECTION PROJECT
In 2009, the CCY commissioned Dr. Philip Rhoades with the Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi to complete the Data Collection Project. This study provides demographic and statistical information on the risk factors that can impact the health and well-being of our community’s youth and families. The risk factors analyzed in Nueces County include:
• Socio-economic status of families
• Family management stressers
• Reported cases of teen pregnancy and STDs
• Youth alcohol and drug use facts
• Adult alcohol and drug use facts
• Education statistics
Understanding these risk factors can help organizations develop prevention and intervention programs, services and partnerships that effectively meet the needs of youth in our community. In addition to program development, this information can be utilized to secure grant funds from state, federal and private grant programs. The previous Data Collection Project funded in 2000 through the Youth Opportunities United (YOU) organization garnered over $38 million dollars in grant funds for the Coastal Bend area.