Teens in Iowa Envision a Future There

By Leslie Wright

Bellevue Heart & Soul recently sponsored a workshop and town hall meeting with two local high schools to create a vision for how young people see themselves in the future of Bellevue, Iowa.  Students spoke about their vision and community members joined them in creating an action plan for implementation.

Results from a survey of middle school through high school students were presented during the event, and helped provide insight for the discussions. Findings of the survey, which was facilitated by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship included:

  • nearly two-thirds of teens picture themselves living in the Bellevue area in the future, stating that it was a good place to raise a family, and has strong family ties and quality schools
  • 15% said they had been asked for their input about the future of the community
  • 68% said they would volunteer if asked by an adult community leader to become involved

Bellevue Heart & Soul is a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

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