Meet Brooklyn Park's new youth services coordinator
There's a brand new position in Brooklyn Park that focuses on the city's efforts with youth. For years, Brooklyn Park has been working on the programs and services it offers to about 9,000 youth annually, and now Pam McBride will help coordinate those youth services.

In 2016, the City of Brooklyn Park created a new youth services coordinator position. Pam McBride started in the role in June. Previously, McBride spent the past ten years with the City of Minneapolis serving as project director for youth development.

The new Brooklyn Park position is designed to assess and measure the effectiveness of Brooklyn Park's investment in youth services work as well as ensure that all the work is done in a coordinated effort.

"[It's] really to be able to bring forth all the ways in which we connect with young people together in a more coordinated fashion," said McBride. "Being able to do that through our recreation and parks, through sports, camps, our Zanewood Recreation Center, working with our police and juvenile unit as well as our BrookLynk employment program and great opportunities like the Youth and City Government Day."

McBride said she hopes her work in this new role will strengthen some of the existing programs and also demonstrate how the programs and services are helping to connect youth and have a positive impact on the city.

"When we all work together, then we break down some of the barriers for young people to help them really have a great experience and build their potential in this city," said McBride.

Alexandra Renslo reporting
Twitter: @alexrenslo

February 10, 2017


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