Well, Great Falls, you have finally done it. You have turned me into a total cynic in a way I have never been before. I used to be a positive force in my own life, and lately, it seems as though everything has been negative in every way. This “negative narrative” in town has been eating at my soul to the point where I am definitely going to go back to my hometown. But not before I raise some hell to make even the smallest of changes.
People are saying “stop complaining” or “it’s been this way forever”. Guess what? We won’t stop using our voices to raise awareness. It is not our fault that there is such a negative narrative about Great Falls. However, it is partially our fault that we have all settled for less than we deserve.
We deserve so much more and those of us who “complain” are the ones who really need to start getting loud and make the effort to fight for what we deserve.
My goal is to host a series of events over the course of the summer at local venues. These events will be geared towards the youth of our community. Currently, with help from The Alumni Club, I am creating an “All Ages” club night for the teens in Great Falls. I am hoping to make this a semi-regular event to give our teens and young adults a social and musical outlet that does not involve school or church sanctions in a place where their options are limited.
These events are meant to start changing the narrative of Great Falls from our future leaders’ perspective and open the eyes of our exiting and soon to be new city officials. We need those kids to have a positive outlook if they are even going to want to lead our city in the future.
If we can change the opinions of our youth into wanting more from our city, we can actually get more from our city because they are the reason we want more from our local government to begin with.
Details for these events are still under wraps until the first date is set, hopefully, right after school lets out for the summer. However, we do want you to know that we are taking the safety of the kids into the highest consideration in our planning.
This going to be a huge deal for our kids, and the city as a whole. If these events take off in the way I think and hope, we might be able to start seeing more and more acts coming to Great Falls in the future. Acts that we may not otherwise see outside of Missoula, Bozeman, and the State Fair.
These events will easily make the local news, and will just as easily reach out even further from there! Such a small thing can really make a difference in how people see us and how we see ourselves. That’s what we want for Great Falls, isn’t it? Yes, I think so.
Help us change the narrative from negative to positive here. This may be just a small start, but you have to start somewhere. Right?