Youth Project – A Proposal with Vision

Youth Project – A Proposal with Vision

Overview

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By Adelina Gonzalez

 

Back in 2004, I came up with an idea–a project that I believe would aid our youth in excelling in school, as well as in the future. My project could increase the low graduation rate here in Rochester, New York, with a great deal of dedication and lower the crime rate. It’s no secret that the Rochester City Schools have a low graduation rate and the City has an alarming high crime rate.
I remember growing up in the inner city back in the 80’s in my hometown and not having much to do after school. Although I participated in athletic programs at school and was totally committed to the sports I played, I often wished that there were other programs available during that time. Something more that would have aided me in my decision as to what I wanted to be when I became an adult. Sure, we all have dreamed of becoming doctors, psychiatrists, pharmacists, nurses, lawyers, judges, engineers, astronauts, police officers, forensic analysts, or even the President of the United States. The list goes on and on and on; but when you’re a child, you don’t really know anything about those fields. As a child, your knowledge and understanding is limited as to what those professions truly entail. Of course, having stability in one’s life at such a young age, would certainly guarantee a bright future, but unfortunately, all youth don’t have stability in their lives, let alone structuring.
A while ago, I began thinking about my childhood; and I thought about how different my life could have been had there been a place–a facility that I could have attended that would have helped me and guided me in learning more about those professions mentioned. Could you imagine a center where your child, your niece, nephew or your grandchild could go where every room was set up like an actual mock room? If the child ever showed interest in becoming a lawyer or a judge, there could be a room set up like a courtroom. The child could watch a mock trial taking place and actually step into the shoes of the lawyer or the judge to experience what it would feel like to be a lawyer or a judge. Imagine another room set up like an actual doctor’s office with a white coat, stethoscope, eye chart, etc.? Or another room set up like a forensic lab, another room set up like a police station, another room set up like a space station, another room set up like a pharmacy, another room set up like a biomedical engineering room and another room set up like the oval office?
The child could step into the shoes of those professionals and experience it on a level that would feel realistic. I believe that if something this IMPORTANT existed for our youth, there would be a higher graduation rate throughout the country and our youth would have a much better chance of excelling in life and becoming productive members of the society.
I would like to emphasize that this center should not be confused with the Boys and Girls Club or with the vocational technical schools. Although these programs are geared to help guide the development of our youth and teens, these programs do not offer what my project will offer. This project is quite different, as I have explained. This project is unique because it does not exist anywhere. Yet, it needs to exist everywhere.
What I’m proposing takes money and support from officials and the community. It has to begin somewhere. And I want to start it here in Rochester. If I can get funding to start this program, I’m sure it will be successful. The program could then grow and be made available to all youth across the United States. We all know the youth are our future. And I believe that my proposal would truly help the youth of tomorrow today if such a place existed. I truly believe this proposal would benefit everyone.
Please support the idea; share it with everyone you know and let’s make it happen. The youth need our help.

Adelina Gonzalez is a published author with two short stories published in two anthologies. She is a strong believer that education is key. She is employed at Hillside Children’s Center in Rochester, New York, and works with troubled youth who need guidance and direction.