Many of you who know me personally, know that I am very connected online! I am heavy on the social networks and am spawning an online youth, political movement in Indianola and throughout the Mississippi Delta. On one network, I have posted an honesty box. I allow those who visit my profile to submit the good and the bad about my campaign, the current state of Indianola, and ideas for change in the Delta… all anonymously.
Here is one such submission:
Well , I think something that would be a good idea for Indianola is to make programs available to the youth. there are alot of big facilities that are not being used start several after school programs and tutoring to help guide the younger generation.
I had an earlier inquiry about education and feel that turning focus towards the youth of Indianola is a key factor in our success.
I would like to further encourage the Teach For America program throughout the Delta. The exchange of culture and ideas between the visiting teachers and the community is very much needed. Exposure is key for our young people. Keeping them imaginative and creative stimulates growth. We currently have the B.B. King Museum which provides certain historical and musical facts about the area, but there needs to be additional facilities in the city to foster this imaginative and creative growth.
In addition to the Teach for America program, I would like to work with the Superintendent of Education and push standardized testing preparedness. Mississippi as a whole needs to get out of its educational slump. I have discovered that high test grades equals money in alot of school districts. Once the scores change to the positive, outside interest will peak. I have spoken with outside business owners who will not bring their families here due to our struggling public school system. This very much needs to change.
Further, I have been researching the addition of etiquette classes to the public school curriculum. This will provide “home training” for many young people. I’m talking about the fundamentals of life… learning how to speak in the presence of adults, dress for success, and how to respect and treat the opposite sex. There are grants available to do this outside of the school setting as well.
In addition, I have tapped into a program that has proven quite successful in several larger cities. It involves “at-risk” teens and placing them in community jobs such as housing revitalization, city beautification, and clean-up. These kids learn a new trade and have a sense of self-worth and community.
Thank you for your inquiry. I would hope to further elaborate on these items. I am one of the younger candidates, chiming in at 36 and I feel that youth is the key to Indianola’s success. We need to positively impact the mindset of all ages and force change. I would appreciate your support in my efforts and help spread this vision throughout Indianola. Thanks again for your support.
Additional comments will be posted as they are received. If you have something to say, post it now as a response or call 662-298-4596.
Let’s help shape Indianola’s future!