The Rodarte Community Center engages youth in a diverse array of recreational and educational programming out-of-school time at no or reduced cost to participants. Their two anchor programs are the After School Program and Fun in the Sun program. In addition, the Rodarte Community Center also houses the STEM Summer Scholars program, GED classes, Youth Net Coalition, Senior Groups, Boxing, and the Greeley Youth Commission. The center has an advisory board that reviews the annual budget and capital improvement plan and makes recommendations to the City Council.
In 2021, the Rodarte Community Center Advisory Board is working to develop a COVID-19 safe summer camp for youth ages 5 through 13 as well as other special events that follow CDC guidelines for gatherings.
Recent board accomplishments include assisting in the reopening of the Rodarte Community Center in August of 2020, by advising best practices for child care facilities. The board also helped raise $700 for the library at the Rodarte Community Center for bilingual and culturally appropriate books.
Brecken Arnold is a Recreation Supervisor and city staff coordinator for this group. She finds the work of the board very fulfilling, “you’re able to make an impact in the community by giving back to an underrepresented population.”
Apply online to be an active member for the Rodarte Community Center Advisory Board or other interested boards and commissions. Greeley's Boards and Commissions program offers 23 different interest groups for residents to engage in and make recommendations for the city. Joining a board or commission is a great way to influence public policy and programming decisions that can affect the entire city. Check the Boards and Commissions webpage often to see current vacancies, apply online, and view agendas for upcoming meetings open to the public.