The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT) Comprehensive Master Plan resulted from a youth-led rural development initiative that was implemented with a $250,000 grant from USDA called Rural Communities Development Initiative and $250,000 in matching funds from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tiwahe Initiative in 2016 and 2017. Youth and elders formed an inter-generational leadership advisory team for the UMUT Housing Authority and recruited over 175 members of the community to participate in meetings, surveys, focus group sessions, role play, and interviews to address an estimated 200 family housing shortage in Towaoc, Colorado and White Mesa, Utah. In addition to the housing shortage, three other major objectives were identified in the Comprehensive Master Plan: Inter-generational Connections; Physical and Behavioral Health Wellness; and Land Preservation. For more information on youth-led rural development or inter-generational community planning contact us. We'll teach you how to grow a new generation of leaders for the future and plant seeds of positive change to alleviate economic distress. While the project was facilitated by CROPS, the architectural and design work was done by world-renown architects and designers, Koning-Eizenberg Architects (California), D.I.R.T. Studio (Virginia), and Ten by Ten Studio (Minnesota).  Click the photo below to see the complete Comprehensive Master Plan online including youth and elder activities such as mapping and beading safe places on their reservation.

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