It’s not just about kissing a pig |

It’s not just about kissing a pig

Answers from YouthZone
Jaclyn Gisburne

It’s that time of year when pigs begin to fly at YouthZone. Windows are donned with pigs, media ads turn pink, and the buzz around town turns to scouting reports on where the YouthZone pig was last seen. Every year, pig mania takes on a little different look and feel, as the community reconnects with its sense of significance and ability to find creative ways to deal with tough problems. Instead of bemoaning such things as the plight of our youth, the community takes the opportunity to get involved in the activities of YouthZone’s Kiss-n-Squeal fund-raiser to raise money to provide on-going services for youth.

This local fund-raiser provides the community with both an opportunity for laughter and a means to connect with a common cause. The annual pig kissing has never been about a pig ” that could show up just about anywhere; it has always been about a community that could tease around town as it tallied up the revenue that would be needed to assist the next struggling youth and his/her family. It’s about a community, its families, business and organizations that have found a way to laugh together and enjoy a moment of silliness as they’re going about their business of helping to raise responsible contributing youth.

Silly as it sounds, the candidates for Kiss-n-Squeal really work hard to earn the right to kiss a pig. They virtually gain nothing for themselves but a warm wet kiss and the satisfaction of knowing that their efforts can make a difference.

This year’s campaign is marked by a welcome change ” more young people have come forward to champion the cause of raising funds to help other kids. By this time in the summer, most kids are busy trying to get a great suntan, figuring out how to have more “fun,” or working so that they can buy themselves more things or go more places. Some have already gotten tired of all the free time and are spending more time watching television, playing video games, or just complaining that they have nothing to do and are bored.

Yet in this year’s Kiss-n-Squeal campaign, four girls, like their predecessors ” previous young candidates ” have developed a hankering not to kiss a pig, but to earn the right to be the top hog. They have connected their friends, family members, neighbors, and organizations with their cause. The outcome of which is not just dollars, but a real opportunity for all of us in the community to see what responsible contributing youth are about. These girls have connected with their community and their futures in a very real way. Join us in congratulating these young leaders and all the candidates. Help them meet their goal ” to raise $89,000 to assist kids and families in our community.

A community connected can Make Pigs Fly … YouthZone is counting on you.

Go online to and see what is available in the online auction; send in your donation to YouthZone at 803 School St., Glenwood Springs, 81601; or give YouthZone a call and give your support through a credit card donation.

Jaclyn Gisburne, Ph.D., is the YouthZone program development director. Visit YouthZone at

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