This past Thursday was the last day of group presentations before we voted on which issue to seek proposals from. Each group had great arguments as to why their cause needs attention in Brown County.
At that time, we had four areas of focus, including alcohol and other drug abuse, homelessness, the arts, and the mental health and youth advocates joined forces to focus on mental health issues directly related to youth development.
After the last presentation, it was time to vote on the issue our class will grant funding to. In the image, Dr. Warner is tallying our votes. The outcome was 10 votes mental health, 9 votes for the arts, 6 votes for AODA, and 7 votes for homelessness. A motion was then made to combine the arts and mental health topics. This way, our class could seek proposals from programs that utilize the arts in innovative ways to help citizens of Brown County cope with mental illness.
Our class is very spirited and we are very passionate about the causes we believe in. We all want the same thing – a better Brown County. However, deciding on the topic even after the vote proved to be difficult. After some spirited discussion and debate, another motion was made to table the discussion until today. As of 4:30 this afternoon, our class should have a cause that we will work together to seek proposals for.
Because discussion can sometimes get heated, I think it is important for all of us to keep in mind that no matter what topic/cause we choose to focus our attention on, it will be bettering our community, and we will be learning a lot while we do it.