Boys and Girls Club urges Prop. 1 passage | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

"Not only will this levy help our children, it is a program for continued economic growth because it will help us nurture the problem solvers and innovators our communities need."

Each year, families rely on Boys & Girls Clubs to provide a safe, positive place for more than 17,000 King County kids. We believe in their physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being. Closing the opportunity gap, improving grades, reducing high school drop-out rates, and teaching kids to see themselves as learners is crucial. Our programs also reduce juvenile crime rates and instill an attitude of community engagement.

Best Starts for Kids, King County Proposition 1, is a critical tool to support these goals.

Best Starts for Kids funding will benefit youth development programs and our community by investing in the following:

• Strategies focusing on children under age five and pregnant women, such as home visits for new parents and their children.

• Strategies focusing on children and youth age 5-24, such as early intervention to prevent teen depression and substance abuse.

• Creating safe and healthy communities, such as increasing access to healthy, affordable food and expanding economic opportunities and access to affordable housing.

• Creating a youth and family homelessness prevention initiative modeled on a successful pilot implemented by organizations serving survivors of domestic violence.

• Evaluation, data collection, and improving the delivery of services and programs for children and youth. This will ensure Best Starts for Kids strategies are tailored for children from every background.

The lack of early support for children results in costly interventions later in life, and incarceration is the most costly and least effective intervention.

Safe, healthy communities reinforce a child’s early development and provide a fair chance at success, regardless of where they live or their family income. The proposed levy would affect property owners minimally each year compared to the good it can do.

Not only will this levy help our children, it is a program for continued economic growth because it will help us nurture the problem solvers and innovators our communities need.

We wish to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. It takes all of us to ensure children and teens are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Public investment is required to make this happen.

We urge people to vote YES on King County Prop. 1 by election day.

Calvin L. Lyons,
President/CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

 


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@rentonreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.rentonreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor for the week of March 13

Reader worries about the county’s reach Dear editor, The article regarding King… Continue reading

Letters to the editor for the week of Feb. 14

Tommy the turtle — a childhood friend Dear editor, “Tommy the Turtle”… Continue reading

Letters to the editor for the week of Jan. 31

Voting can bring us together Dear editor, In response to Jerry Cornfield’s… Continue reading

Letters to the editor for the week of Nov. 15

Reader’s child enjoys stories about community Dear editor, I just read “It’s… Continue reading

King County and my grassy lawn

King County and my grassy lawn Do people know that some King… Continue reading

Why not change the name to match the location?

To Lakeside Industries, As a longtime resident of Renton, I’m concerned about… Continue reading

Addressing concerns, inaccurate statements

To facilitate fact-based discussion about Lakeside Industries’ application to relocate its Covington… Continue reading

Responsible pet ownership in Renton

In Renton we are blessed with our own Animal Control. Stray pets… Continue reading

Location all wrong for asphalt plant

I am writing to you to express my opposition of the Lakeside… Continue reading

Continued support needed this election for Renton Schools

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to every Renton… Continue reading

Invest in our future

I am writing to you to express my support for both the… Continue reading

Vote yes to support Renton schools

Two important school funding measures are on the Feb. 12 ballot. Voter… Continue reading