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Local youth director on statewide task force (05/23/2004)
By Amanda Romaine
Rock Solid Youth Center's executive director, Greg Moser, was selected to sit on the Minnesota statewide task force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (FBCI). Moser, Rock Solid's director and a former youth pastor, was chosen after one of Senator Norm Coleman's (R-Minn) aides visited Rock Solid.

When President George W. Bush initiated the FBCI he said he wanted all organizations, including faith-based organizations, that work to improve society to have the same access to funding as governmental agencies, Moser summarized. The initiative is creating a stir among non-faith-based organizations who as a result fear the loss of funding because of the competition, he further stated.

Moser agreed to be on the task force because he saw the potential Rock Solid had to help the entire state, not just Winona County. He said that even though Rock Solid is a small organization, the setup and procedures of the organization, especially related to collaborating with non-faith-based organizations and raising money to be a self-supporting organization, may be beneficial to other communities.

The task force had to establish where they saw the greatest need for services within communities across the state and decided that the biggest concern was how to reach "at-risk" youth. The task force is working to find ways that the concerns and needs of "at-risk" youth can be met and money can be raised to support those efforts.

Moser said that Rock Solid is a leader in collaborating and fund-raising and offered that Rock Solid could be a model for other youth-centered organizations. Rock Solid works with Mayo Clinic, area high schools, Winona County governmental agencies and other human service organizations in the area to provide for youth.

Moser said that faith-based organizations should learn how to work with agencies for the same money and to meet the needs of the community. "There's a practical way to meet needs," Moser said. "It's not just let me pray for you and God will take care of you."

Organizations that are supporting youth should support each other for the sake of the kids and the future of the community, he said.

Moser said that many organizations are funded by a grant or governmental subsidy and when the money runs out, the organization fizzles or tries to make up for the loss. He said that part of the FBCI task force's goal is to educate agencies about how to raise money so that there is little or no dependence on governmental money. "Everyone's good at helping kids," Moser said, "not everyone's good at raising money."

The 13 member committee met three times in May and will report to Coleman with the recommendations of task force. 

 

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