Local funding of youth activities in the city has been reduced, cut or eliminated as a result of the economic downturn. Budgets for public services such as libraries, swimming pools, and recreation centers have been impacted the most and are now operated with limited hours of operation.
Keeping our young people active and providing them with an opportunity to give back to their community through their own service is at the cornerstone of the BJ Fletcher campaign for Mayor. The Fletcher campaign focuses on local job creation and attracting tourism and local industry. By doing so, new opportunities will open up for youth to fill part-time positions with flexible hours and schedules that are ideal for young people.
“It is important that today’s youth be encouraged to take an interest in local government decision-making activities and that opportunities be created that fosters participation by our young people,” says Fletcher.
“We need to hear from youth at city commission meetings, and encourage them to participate as youth representatives on city boards such as the library, parks & recreation and transportation to advise us on matters related to youth.”
“Youth have as much at stake in the success of Albany as we do, and can make meaningful choices that will impact their own future.”
Mayoral candidate, BJ Fletcher will be addressing students and faculty at St Teresa’s School on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM to discuss her program and strategy for involving young people in our community.
St Teresa’s School is located on 417 Edgewood Lane in Albany, GA 31707