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Enroll Wyoming's Cheyenne Culture Fest hosts free Youth Night


The Cheyenne Culture Fest will hold a free Youth Night for teens, 12 to 18 years old, from Cheyenne, Pine Bluffs, Burns, Laramie, Wheatland and surrounding areas, on April 28, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Laramie County Community College Pathfinder Building.

As part of Enroll Wyoming’s Coverage to Care initiative to ensure that individuals and families, including youth, have access to care, the idea of Culture Fest took shape. “As a navigator who has traveled the state of Wyoming serving our residents and providing enrollment assistance for health insurance, I have seen so many people with other needs that impact health and wellness,” states Monica Jennings, Enroll Wyoming Navigator. “We wanted to help address those needs while providing something fun and purposeful for our youth,” continues Monica.

This is an evening to empower youth within the community. “My role with Kid Care CHIP is to ensure that kids have the health coverage they need to be successful each day. We know that healthy students make better learners. We will have organizations providing community services for youth as well as entertainment,” says Sara Rigsby, Youth Night Coordinator and Outreach Specialist for CHIP. Enroll Wyoming and Kid Care CHIP help enroll qualified children and youth who may not have health coverage. Wyoming Medicaid and Kid Care CHIP, which are operated by the Wyoming Department of Health, do not have limited time enrollment periods.

The evening will feature performances by two youth friendly entertainers. Boulder based comedian Nancy Norton will open the evening with a high-energy, interactive “improv style” performance. Norton is a former registered nurse and has performed on A&E, PBS and Nickelodeon. Denver hip-hop artist and spoken word poet, Molina Speaks,, a Rawlins, WY native, will headline. His work demonstrates the power of creativity, positivity and activism. Molina Speaks is a well-known fixture in the Denver music scene and has worked with high school aged groups in Wyoming and Colorado.

Youth Night provides a fun, safe and unique opportunity for participants to learn about health, financial capability, education and career opportunities. In addition to the performances, there will be games, information and giveaways from area resources. Participating organizations include: Enroll WY, Kid Care CHIP, Laramie County Community College, Wells Fargo, Laramie County Health Department, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science, Wyoming Cancer Services, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Wrap Around Wyoming, Grace for Two Brothers, Big Brothers Big Sisters and more. Youth will have to meaningfully engage with organizations to enter to win door prizes.

Youth Night is open to 12 to 18 year-olds. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and performances will start at 7:00 p.m., with an intermission between acts. Door prizes will be given away throughout the event and youth are encouraged to come at 6pm. There is no cost to attend. Security will be provided by the Cheyenne Frontier Days Security Team.


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