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Teens need programs to succeed

Published 10:18pm Friday, February 28, 2014

To the editor:

Is improving a child’s chance for a successful future a waste of money?

It has come to my attention that some young adolescents wind up in trouble because of their harsh experiences in the present and lack of care for their future. Most of them are surrounded by peer pressure and violence and are not given much preparation for the future.

Every child is born on this Earth for a reason. That reason is to be determined by that child. However, that child should be given opportunities to strive to the best of their abilities.

Performing arts and skills-enhancing programs give students options for the future. Unfortunately, only certain privileged schools have these performing arts and hands-on career programs. The budget may be tight at this point in time, but there are ways to raise money to establish these programs among schools in the area.

Some officials may ask, “What is the purpose of these programs?” The main purpose is to keep students involved in various activities and out of trouble. One of the reasons young adolescents participate in wrongdoing is because of the few activities the community has to offer.

Many teens say, “There is nothing to do” or “I’m so bored,” and then get involved in activities that ensure they will wind up in trouble in the future.

Would it not be better for America if the teens had access to programs that could help them change the world in a good way?

The time is now. The future of the world rests in the hands of every young adolescent today.

Tiara Lashaye Robinson

Suffolk

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