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Imagine Red Lodge: A Collaboration between adults and students begins: The Adults’ view

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Jael Kampfe
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by Jael Kampfe
Special to the News

Two adult moderators weighed in regarding the Imagine Red Lodge event:
From Travis Burdick, co-leader of the conversation on access to music:
"Our first All Ages Open Mic night (an idea from the forum) will be Friday, Dec 15th at Honeys. It will be a monthly happening that will help foster an inter-generational community of Creatives! The participants in my group really wanted a place to connect with other musicians and encourage more art and music.”
From Jael Kampfe, co-leader of the conversation:
“Imagine Red Lodge came out of a brainstorm between Red Lodge Call to Action, Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, DSVS, and Red Lodge High School.  
The results were breathtaking and inspiring. Twenty-six youths showed up that evening even with several competing events. Twenty-one adults came to lend their voices and support to this incredible next generation.  The energy in the room was that of hope and possibilities. Over 8 different nonprofits were represented in the room.
As adult groups are intentionally weaving a stronger community and practicing “showing up for each other”, where is youth in this process? How do we help engage youth so they are equally creating meaningful community that meets their needs and creates networks with space for their voices?
Red Lodge Area Community Foundation invited me to attend their annual Volunteer Fair, where I asked high schoolers, “What would you imagine for Red Lodge?  If you could create one thing what would it be?” The result is the brainstorm below. When asked whether students would attend a meeting with adults, Kampfe said, “Twenty-five students signed up that day.”
She continued, “We then honed the brainstorm into seven topics and followed up with youth to see who would be interested in co-leading a conversation with an adult co-leader. The topics (music, outdoors, arts, non-discrimination, voice on City Council, more community events, and more recreational sports), were then tested with the students as well as an agenda and process for discussion.”
Adults doing similar work or sharing similar passions shared leadership of each conversation so that they could support youth to move their ideas to actions.  
Kampfe explained, “There is research that shows that it only takes 3 percent of a population to implement non-violent and lasting change. A total of 15.7 percent of the high school population was in attendance and 2.21 percent of Red Lodge’s population. If momentum continues and 17 more people lend their energy to Imagine Red Lodge, the likelihood of successful implementation of ideas to action is very high.”
She noted, “At least four of the groups have already started on first steps.
Imagine Red Lodge will reconvene in January at Honey's to report and work on the next steps.  There was an overwhelming response to move it to right after the holidays and keep the momentum growing.  The collective hope is that this space for creating a collective community will only strengthen with more voices for ideas and action.”
John Potter donated an image for the event. Maggy Hiltner, David Lehner and Nathan Schulhofer donated food.

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