by Diane Gubatayao
October 06, 2004
But there are challenges. I
wish to remind everyone that youth development is just as important
as economic development. A community's wealth is truly measured
by their young peoples' health. The loss of Shane White was painfully
sad. Yet, in past years, the reality of his death might not have
been shared, or the people responsible not pursued. That is positive
change. But there is a LOT of work yet to be done. I got a glimpse
of the most recent student survey, and while students report
strong family support and personal views of their future, one
of the lowest assets remains positive adult role models. Only
26% of all students reported that adults in their lives are positive
role models. Or stated another way, only 1 out of 4. One out
of four. That must change. It is important to note that this
is pretty much the same anywhere in the country where the survey
is done. And that includes my current, affluent community in
California where it is not uncommon for high school stud!
YOU can make a difference, even in small ways. Just acknowledging a young person walking down the street, or volunteering at events, or showing integrity in your work--these all have an impact.
I promise to do my part. I
hope you do, too. My best to all; you are always in my thoughts
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.