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Posted on Feb 1, 2016

CTC hires Ruiz to lead community group

The local Quincy Communities that Care coalition has a new director.
Dayana Ruiz, formerly of the GEAR UP MOSIAC program, recently was hired as the new public face of the CTC. As director, her job will be to unite the community as a whole to encourage healthy choices in local youth.
“I am excited for the position,” Ruiz said. “It is something that the community needs. It would be nice to bring everyone to the table and create change together.”
Ruiz is a Quincy High School graduate. She has worked for about two years with the Quincy School District’s migrant program. Ruiz has also been involved in many CTC events, such as Draw the Line and National Night Out. Ruiz will be on the job officially next week.
The position opened when the organization’s past coordinator, Maddie Sanchez, left in August. Community leaders then pulled together to re-establish the organization and its goals for the community.
“We wanted to fill the position so that person can guide the focus,” said Theresa Adkinson, Grant County Health District director. “We are looking toward creating a healthy community.”
CTC uses a framework of volunteerism and community action to promote healthy choices for the local youth to reduce the occurrence of drug- and alcohol-related issues, violence and teen pregnancy. It is funded by a Drug Free Communities federal grant, the city of Quincy and the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.
The new focus of CTC is to unite local volunteers, creating activities and opportunities for youth that will encourage them to make healthier choices and be involved in improving the community around them, Adkinson said. CTC will aid in sharing and supporting community goals, she added.
New this year, the CTC will add a group at Quincy Junior High School. One of the new goals of CTC is also to gather funding for community projects so it can re-establish programs that were eliminated because of a lack of money. The tutoring program at the schools is one program CTC would like to bring back if funding can be found, Adkinson said.
The overarching goal of the CTC will be to form local partnerships in the community to help all Quincy High School students graduate, Adkinson said. Because if a student earns that high school diploma, that’s “setting them up for success,” she said.
Ruiz is excited to start working in her new position. She is in the process of setting up an office in the Quincy Activity Center, 105 2nd Ave. S.E. CTC will have access to activity center facilities and will hold meetings there.
“I am waiting to start organizing the community,” Ruiz said. “I am excited to work together with the community to help youth stay healthy and find success.”
Ruiz seeks community volunteers to help organize youth activities. She can be reached at druiz@granthealth.org or 787-3523, extension 263.

 

— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor

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