Idaho Voices celebrated this year’s recipient of the Children’s Champion award, Mayor Garret Nancolas of Caldwell at the Children’s Champion luncheon on Wednesday September 7th, 2016. The even took place from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Jordan Ballroom on the Boise State University campus. Jim Everett, former CEO of the Treasure Valley YMCA , served as our honorary chair for the luncheon.
Mayor Nancolas pioneered the concept of involving youth directly in government when he launched the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council in 1999, a model that is now widespread. Building on this commitment, Garret implemented the City of Caldwell’s Youth Master Plan in 2012, which involves youth in creating initiatives that make the city better for them. He has been instrumental in launching Caldwell P-16, which provides preschool, after-school, and college and career readiness programs. He has been a champion for making sure that every third grader in Caldwell is water-safe. Last year Garret developed Caldwell Saves 1st, a financial education program for parents and children, and he currently oversees the successful Youth Summit, an annual forum promoting youth leadership and involvement.