Door Stories: Week of May 29th, 2017

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Hitting the doors is a great way to hear what’s important to people, straight and unfiltered. Each week, I hope to tell the story of someone I met while talking to my neighbors and constituents about the issues that are important to them.

One of the topics foremost on the minds of neighbors these days is the increase in quality of life issues caused by our kids. I’m concerned about this too, and have been working with community leaders on ideas to to address this challenge.

When the kids in our neighborhoods have organized activities, led by caring and competent adults, they can thrive and grow to become good citizens.
So I wasn’t surprised when the same topic came up when I was on the doors last week. On South Bouldin Street, I talked with a young teacher. Her students are middle school age, and she’s very familiar with the challenges of nurturing adolescents. On her way home one evening, she had an experience with a few kids that, but for the presence of a loved one close by, might have ended badly. Despite that experience, this young teacher is optimistic about our kids.
Listening to the concerns of a young teacher while canvassing in the 46th District
As am I. When the kids in our neighborhoods have organized activities, led by caring and competent adults, they can thrive and grow to become good citizens. The most important thing that I can do as your state Delegate is work to ensure that every child has access to quality, fully funded schools — and I’m doing my part. The next thing I can do is work support and scale up creative, collaborative efforts — like the arts & crafts club Patterson Park Neighborhood Association is offering to local youth — and work to expand employment and job training for young people. Kids who are learning and working are too busy to get into mischief. Neighbors like this teacher remind me that we’ve got to work together to build opportunity for the generations that follow.