Youth & Millennial Board
STLCCB will be a stronghold in engaging our youth and millennials within the community building and political process of city governments. Building relationships with City Government by spending a lot of time with the Mayor’s office helping mayors in having a different kind of way in working with communities, working with communities in a way of creating what we will call Public Safety plans, comprehensive public safety plans. Looking beyond law enforcement and looking upstream in looking more at prevention and intervention.
Looking at how we re-allocate our dollars, we’ve got to also think about on how cities reallocate their budgets, the way the school systems think about their budgets and how all that plays in making sure that we are creating communities that are safe, descent, and just for all of our youth. When we think about investments in our youth and millennials, we also have to think about who they’re with.
Organizations spend a lot of funding on programmatic, we’ve got to think beyond that and organizations have to begin thinking in terms of these youth and millennials and who they are with, rather it parents, grandparents or maybe raising children, taking on a two-three generation approach when comes to investing in our communities and looking at from a community as a whole and not just the individual.
Putting our resources, time and energy looking at the issues around home ownership, capital ownership, issues around investments in businesses, asset building, health and creation in jobs, and how they can really make a difference in their communities and their families. Helping mayors and city government in looking long term on how we get to a place, were as a collective body help our youth and millennials live out their dreams and aspirations.
We want to put our youth and millennials in position with city governments on helping the mayors in making decisions on their policy agendas on a city wide level, including the mayor, superintendents, and others on really focusing in on thinking about, what is it that young people need to succeed and how to build a youth adult partnership, were young people are at the center of that conversation, especially the young men who are impacted by systematic challenges. And letting them help guide the work.
Incorporating that within the community, and building partnership with the mayor’s office and spending time with them think through on what a process really look like and helping the young men and women to help lead the work in a way that’s authentic to them, which allow, not try do work ahead of them but really make sure that they are working in partnership with them. As you think about young people and how they move in the world and create leadership opportunities for them or at least get out of the way so that they can create their own and making sure that we are investing in their growth and development, not just in the classroom but also in their communities. Making sure that we are molding and shaping the next generation of young people who want to help lead their city, their country, and the world.
Finding ways to invest in the community, without displacement setting the foundation for those community members who have experienced redlining and other systematic racial barriers that have destroyed and disconnected them from resources within their communities.