Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas receives Award
Monday, August 29, 2016
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
Mayor Garret Nancolas has a passion for working with youth involvement in the city of Caldwell. Now that work has earned him an award.
The Idaho Voices for Children policy group will present Nancolas with the Children’s Champion award at a luncheon Sept. 7. Nancolas is the ninth Idaho resident to receive the award. Past recipients include former Gov. Cecil Andrus and Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Kristin Armstrong.
The Idaho Voices for Children is a statewide policy organization founded in 2004 to promote the interests of children in state policies and communities in the areas of education, health and safety. It has given out the children’s champion award for the past 8 years.
Alejandra Cerna, who is a Policy Analyst for the Idaho Voices for Women and Children, said Nancolas’ work in founding the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council in 1998 is among his pioneering contributions to the region.
“Some of the things that he has done have been ahead of his time,” she said.
The Caldwell Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council was the first to launch in Idaho. At the time, there were only a few programs like it. There are more than 30 members of the council from area high schools who serve on government boards and attend national conventions.
Breanna Boutte is a member of the youth advisory council; she attends Skyview High School. Even though Nampa has a mayor’s youth council, she chose to join Caldwell’s.
“It wasn’t as exciting, and so I stuck with Caldwell,” Boutte said.
The council met on Wednesday to discuss plans for the Caldwell Night Rodeo’s Buckaroo Breakfast. At the breakfast, Idaho Voices of Children will interview members of the youth advisory council.
The council typically meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Caldwell Police station. It is recruiting more members.
Besides the youth council, Nancolas launched the Caldwell Saves First Program, which involves parents and children in saving money for college. He also oversees the Youth Summit, an annual forum promoting youth leadership and involvement.
This year’s luncheon honoring Nancolas will feature Jim Everett, former CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA as the honorary chair.