Project Change develops strategic plan

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006

Project Change youths and adult advisers spent time this summer advancing the organization’s goals by taking part in a weekend strategic planning retreat.

With support from Sandy Spring Bank, the Olney-area youth safety and recreation organization enlisted the help of a facilitator to help draft a strategic plan for achieving short- and long-term goals.

State Sen. Rona E. Kramer (D-Dist. 14) of Olney and Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) attended the kick-off of the planning meeting.

‘‘There’s a difference between our community and others in the state, and we wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Kramer, referring to the number of youths involved in making a difference.

Kaiser distributed certificates of appreciation to Project Change youths who participated in the bullying prevention program known as ‘‘You Have the Power!”

Also in attendance were Rita Rumbaugh, project manager for Montgomery County Safe and Drug-Free Schools, and Victor Salazar, vice president of legislation for the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations.

Facilitator Patricia Matteo helped the group identify six main areas on which to focus in the coming years. Those areas include recruitment, recreation, developing a business plan, fundraising, teen center planning, and expansion of ongoing programs.

The next step is developing a timetable for completing the tasks and obtaining and allocating the necessary financial and human resources, Robyn Holstein-Glass, executive director of Project Change, said.