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Youth Master Plan In Development

It’s an exciting time in Surprise!  You can feel the city coming into its own. We are growing into a well-rounded community where families can enjoy a healthy lifestyle, find and keep good jobs and build a sense of home and community.

It’s clear that now is the time to reach out to our young people. Young people are the foundation of a growing city, and it’s important that they get engaged early. That’s why I think it’s vital to have a Surprise Youth Master Plan. This strategic plan will help guide youth services, projects and initiatives now and in the future. The best part about the plan— students will lead the development process.

The long term vision, through the successful implementation of this student lead planning process, is for the City of Surprise to become the leader in youth opportunities, services, and programs for the Valley. The development and implementation of this document will integrate youth into the formal planning process, and incorporate shared leadership opportunities for youth within our growing city.

Recently, we conducted several youth surveys as preliminary research for the Youth Master Plan. See the results here:

While we are planning for the future, we are also focusing on today. Read more about the ways we are currently engaging youth in Surprise, here.

Yes, We Need To Get Our Kids Engaged

It’s an exciting time in Surprise!  You can feel the city coming into its own. We are growing into a well-rounded community where families can enjoy a healthy lifestyle, find and keep good jobs, and build a sense of home and community.

It’s clear that NOW is the time to reach out to our young people, since any growing community needs a foundation of tomrrow’s leaders, young people who grow up caring about Surprise and being part of the process.

That’s why I am helping lead an initiative to develop a Youth Master Plan for our City, and I’m starting by asking young people to help us build it!  What do our young people expect from our city? What are their needs? How can we help build a community they will think of as home? How can we create an atmosphere where our young people want to build their own families and careers right here in Surprise?