Since 1992, over 50 Santa Clarita youth have died in traffic collisions. The Task Force is inviting the families of these youth to contact the City of Santa Clarita at 661/255-4965 so that the youth’s name can be included in the memorial.
Donations to help fund construction of the memorial are also welcome. The Task Force has been actively fundraising, but is still $50,000 short of the $128,000 needed to build the memorial.
“The City and the Task Force is eager to complete the Santa Clarita Youth Memorial and we need the support of the community to bring this project to fruition,” says Councilmember Frank Ferry, who also spearheads the Blue Ribbon Task Force. “It is our hope that this memorial will be a powerful tool to remind everyone of the dangers and consequences of reckless driving, and to promote safe driving so that we can deter future deaths.”
The Blue Ribbon Task Force was established in January 2000 to address the issue of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use by Santa Clarita teens. Since that time, the Task Force has been addressing a variety of other issues facing teens, including peer pressure, gangs, and teen stress, among others. The Task Force is composed of parents, youth, educators, law enforcement, businesses, community-based organizations, and City staff, and works to educate parents and increase community awareness of various teen issues.
For more information about the Youth Memorial, to include a youth’s name, or to make a donation, please contact the City’s Community Services Division at 661/255-4965. More information on the Blue Ribbon Task Force and the Youth Memorial can also be found at www.santa-clarita.com/blueribbon.