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The Youth Of Today 's Youth

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A community is only as strong as its youngest members. The youth impact a community in more ways than one and in a much larger aspect. They are who are out on the streets playing and representing the neighborhood, but they are also the future of the community and society as a whole. It is a responsibility of the older generation to do its best to provide the best resources to ensure that the youth grow up to be respectful and responsible members of society. There is a large drug problem in the youth of today that lead to drug-related crimes and it is something that can be reduced with the right tools. Of the three proposed courses of action, one seems to be the most beneficial not only to stop the crime but also to prepare the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow. By helping to fund several youth literacy programs, the youth will be less likely to become involved in drugs in the first place as well as set them up to be successful in their lives. While there is evidence that supports either proposal, the literacy will be the best fitting and impact the greatest number of students.
Learning to read and write is a basic skill that is used in everyday life and to a point where it is almost hard to function without. People read many things throughout the day; everything from a menu to the traffic signs along the side of the road. While it is possible to live without being able to read and write, it is not possible to be successful. Better literacy skills will be used to not only do well in school but also to get well-paying jobs that lead to a good life. According to L. A. Curtis these types of programs, empowering the youth, are “more successful in reducing crime than traditional community crime prevention.” (2)...

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...age of drugs and is not effective in trying to prevent the crimes from happening.
While all the proposals would help the community in their own unique way, the literacy program would help in more ways than just protecting the neighborhood. It will turn into a life-long skill that will help the youth of today to get jobs and live a good life. The DARE program is a good idea but still needs to be tweaked in order to do the most amount of good in a community since it has little impact on the youth of today. A watch program would help prevent drug-crimes in the particular neighborhoods but it would not prevent them from happening. It would instead be pushing them to different areas that soon will have the same problems. The literacy also has the largest outreach with eight schools and will be able to impact the youth and the community in the strongest way possible.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that a community is only as strong as its youngest members, and that older generation should provide the best resources to ensure that youth grow up to be respectful and responsible members of society.
  • Explains that learning to read and write is a basic skill that is used in everyday life. better literacy skills will be used to do well in school and get well-paying jobs.
  • Explains that while more patrols in neighborhoods may reduce the drug-related crime rate, it does little prevent it from happening as a whole.
  • Explains that dare is a nationally recognized drug prevention program that connects students with police officers, but the effectiveness of the program has yet to be demonstrated.
  • Opines that the literacy program would help in more ways than just protecting the neighborhood. the dare program is a good idea but needs to be tweaked in order to do the most amount of good.
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