“This liaison will not only provide support for schools to participate but will receive feedback from faculty, staff students and parents, constantly improve and update the Plattsburgh Youth Program, as well as develop other partnerships and projects to support and empower our youth and our community,” he said.
‘STARTING YOUNG KEY’
The Youth Commission is one of three initiatives put forth by Rosenquest in an effort to engage the city’s adolescent population.
The mayoral hopeful also proposed developing an annual ceremony to celebrate the outstanding civic achievements of the city’s students and student groups, as well as organizing Destination Imagination competitions for Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.
A nonprofit organization, Destination Imagination runs programs designed to inspire innovation and leadership in students around the world through teamwork and problem solving.
“Active involvement in engaging our youth is key to the future of our city,” Rosenquest said.
“Studies indicate that discussions on civic involvement in a student’s formative years result in those students becoming adults who are more likely to join a political party, be vocal on political and social issues or run for a political office.”
Ward 4 Councilor James Calnon, an independent who is running as the Republican Party candidate, told the Press-Republican in a separate interview that any time opportunities can be expanded for youth from their school years through to their entry into the workforce, it is certainly a good thing.
“Those are the kinds of things that I think are necessary,” he said.
Calnon noted that Rosenquest’s ideas fall in line with initiatives that he has already helped to implement in this area.
For example, during his 24 years as the executive director of the Workforce Investment Board, Calnon said, he worked to get young professionals to both locate to and stay in the area in an effort to diversify the local workforce and grow businesses.