Recipient:Regional Education Officer
Inthe past couple of years, our region has witnessed some alarmingnumbers of the number of students arrested by the law officers. Itherefore thought it might be of benefit to reach you in whicheverway possible, so that we can develop a potential solution to thisproblem. According to the data that I obtained from the local lawenforcement departments, many of the apprehensions occur mainly inthe times before the schools start to operate and after the schoolshave closed. Despite this evident trend, some society members do notsee the necessity for a program that would run before and after theschool. Some scholars such as Steen,Julie and Julia W. Buckey, conducted a study in which they noted thatstudents may be preferring to engage in the destructive recreationalactivities and end up breaking the law because of the lacks of asuitable recreational facility that suits their age and recreationalrequirements in the locality
Itherefore feel inclined to try to suggest the possible solutions tothis situation. The valley city requires considering the necessity ofconstructing a recreational facility for the students in the region.There is an abandoned warehouse that is large enough to serve as arecreational center for the before- and- after school programs. Thisproject is viable, and it can be funded by the tax revenues that wereused to construct the main street up to date. This project will alsoprovide the final aspects of housing for the before-and-after-schoolprogram. Tsekouraindicates that for any project to succeed, it should commence bysensitizing the local community members on the need of creating arecreational facility for the welfare and security purposes of thestudents.
Theimplementation of this initiative would ensure that the students areengaged in the right types of activities and are under supervision inthe times before their schools start to operate and after theoperation periods. Therefore, the number of apprehension cases wouldsignificantly reduce. This project is not only a recreationalprogram, but it is also a socialization plan where the students willlearn the correct morals. The facility will keep the local youthengaged in ethical and creative activities and thus the developmentof local talents. It would provide the students with alternativeactivities to do than to engage in an uncouth behavior.
Ithought it might be important to propose some of the financialoptions to fund the project include the tax revenues that were usedto construct the main street. The first portion of income garneredwould go towards the purchase of the premise. The warehouse wouldrequire refurbishing so that the interior would be suitable for thevarious recreational activities hosted in the premise. Other expenseswould go towards the purchase of the furniture, the operationalfacilities and repainting the building.
Thereis the need for exterior decoration which would include the expensesfor the landscaping and other decorations So that the site can lookphysically appealing from the exterior. Academicians such as Evans,Peter and Angelika Kruger, indicated that itis important to popularize the project among the students, and thiscan be achieved through the creation of an incentive system for theusers of the project. Therefore, it would be wise to budget for theincentive system.
Idid not fail to note that this project is not the most popular one inthe current economic nature of the area, and the plan might notreceive enough support since it has no economic significance to theregion. However, Tsekoura,in his book notes that thefuture of the society relies on the social welfare of the studentsand the youth and not on the current economic performance. I also hadconducted an interview with a senior official, who commented thatempowering the youth and providing them with facilities where theycan interact is a catalyst for idea generation and skill development.
Itwould be for the better good if this proposal is given the requiredand implemented. The number of students apprehended by the lawofficers is alarming, and it calls for the development of somepractical measures such as the before-and-after-school program.Steen,Julie and Julia W. Buckey, indicated in their work that the implementation of such a policy would lead to the incurring ofseveral expenses such as the purchase of a premise where the programcan operate. Many social welfare factors support the implementationof this program.
Evans,Peter and Angelika Kruger. YouthAnd Community Empowerment In Europe.Bristol: Policy Press, 2012. Print.
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Tsekoura,M. "Spaces For Youth Participation And Youth Empowerment: CaseStudies From The UK And Greece". Young (2016):n. pag. Web.