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What Can Elected Officials Do?

From America’s Promise
  • Mentor a child and encourage other community leaders to do the same.

  • Provide paid time off for employees to volunteer in schools and at youth service organizations.

  • Work with school leaders to keep schools and buses available for before-and after-school activities.

  • Expand summer jobs programs.

  • Hire students to update and develop city web pages and fliers about youth and community services.

  • Make sure every school in your community has a full-time on-site healthcare provider or an affiliated one nearby.

  • Formally recognize National Youth Service Day, Family Service Day and other national service days by signing proclamations.

  • Have students receive a letter from the mayor recognize them for their accomplishments.

  • Expand community policing initiatives.

  • Provide city employees information in their paychecks about State Children's Insurance Programs (SCHIP).

  • Insist on youth participation on city council committees.

  • Provide city facilities for after-school programs, tutoring and mentoring.

  • Create a youth action council.

  • Enforce safety laws and laws that prohibit underage smoking and drinking.

  • Utilize local youth talent at city functions (bands, dance troops, drill teams, etc).

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