“Speak Out” is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
New Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts has a mission to fulfill a campaign promise.
And we hope she can keep it.
She recently sat down with our Editorial Board to talk about her goals.
One of the things that stood out to us was her desire to make life a little better for the city's youth.
Recently she held a summit about increasing opportunities for after school care for our teenagers.
Here’s why that’s important:
Police say that if young people don’t have positive things to do between the hours of three in the afternoon and six in the evening, they will find things to do that sometimes lead to trouble.
We don't want that to happen.
To that end, another goal of the new mayor is to increase the number of young people involved in the mayor's youth employment program.
She wants to expand it.
We think that's a great idea.
Mayor Roberts is asking for more businesses to sign up to give young people economic opportunities.
This will help prepare them for the real world.
We applaud the mayor for her efforts to bring more attention to our young people.
Hopefully these efforts will turn some young people’s lives around.
And making this campaign promise a reality will benefit us all.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.