After School Oregon
Our kids are our future which is why I want to invest in the creation of “After-School Oregon.”
Oregon spends millions of dollars each year incarcerating juveniles in detention centers. Let’s cut that amount down and save the state millions, and use that money to rebuild our After School system from the ground up.
It has already been well-documented that after school programs cut teen delinquency in half. After-school programs keep kids away from drug and alcohol use and are effective against depression, teen suicide and homelessness. Let’s change lives for the better, let’s take our After-School programs to a whole new level of thinking.
Making After School Programs Interesting
We are all very aware there are currently many after-school programs throughout Oregon… but in my view they are not effective enough. We need something new that will grab our children’s attention and keep them interested. That’s where After-School Oregon comes into play.
As your Governor, I will assemble a group of professional educators (specifically knowledgeable on this topic) to lay out the foundation for a new After-School Program. I want Oregon to lead the way. Let’s develop after-school programs interesting enough that all kids will be excited to join.
According to studies, risky teen behavior typically happens between 3-6pm. Let’s offer young Oregonians a safe and an exciting alternative to being on the streets. Let’s make it so kids WANT to stay after school.
New Avenues for Youth
Music, sports, arts, games and job training skills can be presented to kids in an interactive, creative, and energizing way. Parents understand that if something is not fun then their children will quickly lose interest. So let’s make after-school fun.
Let’s look to top national and international after school programs to light the way with engagement and productivity as our goal.
A solid after–school program is the surest way to help your child go into higher education.
We will be contacting each and every of the 471 high-schools and giving them a proven, effective working model.
How do we pay for expanding After School Oregon?
Oregon’s Gigantic Graffiti Wall
Keeping kids off the street will also help with graffiti which is an unfortante by-product of kids looking for an outlet. My administration will be introducing the first of it’s kind, Oregon’s Gigantic Graffiti Wall. Awesome!
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