At the center of all the policy decisions I make is our youth. We must create a City where our youth can walk to school safely, where they have quality jobs and opportunities and a City where they can thrive. As a father of four, I am aware of the struggles and challenges some of our youth face. We must continue to keep their success as our focus.
Here are some of the things that I have done to better our future generations:
SLPS Gained Full Accreditation Status. I have been working for years to improve our schools. I appointed Richard Gaines to the Special Administrative Board of the SLPS. Through his leadership, SLPS gained full accreditation. I want to continue to have leaders, such as Gaines, involved with SLPS and continue to improve our schools.
21st Century Education. I launched a partnership with Sprint and the Sprint 1Million Program to address the “Homework Gap” for some area students. The program was introduced into the St. Louis Public Schools. The program allowed high school students who do not have reliable Internet access at home reach their full potential, by giving them mobile devices and free high-speed Internet access.
Provided jobs and opportunities to more than 20,000 young people. Youth Crime Prevention funds, Prop S, were awarded to more than 25 organizations across St. Louis. Prop S was established by a 2008 measure sponsored by me and approved by voters to support organizations engaging in crime-prevention strategies across the city. The funds have assisted tens of thousands of young people in St. Louis. Just in the past 5 years, there were more than 20,000 youth engaged by these organizations in St. Louis with these funds.
Additional funding for Rec Centers. As President of the Board of Aldermen, I had adjusted legislation to add millions of dollars to fund repairs and upgrades to our recreation centers. I know that our children need places to go where they can be involved in positive activities.
Hosted and sponsored “Look Good, Do Good” Community Day. The event provided students with free haircuts, backpacks and school supplies before the school year started back up. The event was a partnership with area small businesses, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis Fire Department and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Stood up for the “Dreamers.” I sponsored Resolution 125 which recognized and took stand against the President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The resolution encouraged Congress to pass a legislative solution to protect those who are affected by the President’s decision to terminate the program.
S.T.E.A.M. Education – I am a strong proponent of exposing our youth to local government. I often hosts youth groups at City Hall. One group was Camp SunSplash. After their visit to City Hall, I sponsored them to take Metro to the St. Louis Science Center to learn more about S.T.E.M. I also recently participated in the opening of the Wallbridge STEAM Academy program at St. Louis Public Schools. Expanding our youth’s potentials is a priority.