Eugene Young Releases Community and Education Plan
“To build stronger communities and support our youth, we need a city that’s engaged with everyone regardless of race, neighborhood, or socioeconomic status.”
Wilmington mayoral candidate Eugene Young has released his plan for improving community and youth engagement, saying that the city needs to do more to support young people and improve the relationship between residents and city government.
“City government is ultimately a reflection of the mayor, and we need a government that rises above political division to work for our communities and advocate for our youth,” said Young.
Because the Wilmington’s youth have been disproportionately impacted by closing community centers and segregated school districts, Young said one of his top priorities would be to renew the city’s commitment to young people. Young specifically pointed to the power of city government to advocate for young people when it comes to education and public schools
“Together we can find a way to ensure that no child ever feels they do not have a safe place to go after school.”
“Although public education is not under the mayor’s control, the mayor has the ability to use City Hall as a platform for education issues affecting Wilmington youth,” Young wrote. “We should not stand back and wait for others to take care of our children’s educational needs. Instead we must be proactive in supporting academic achievement.”
Young also pointed to community centers and faith-based organizations as potential hubs to expand youth programming. Young said his administration would identify neighborhoods where there are gaps in youth programs, and through better coordination with networks of civic associations, community groups, and faith-based organizations, ensure that services and resources are available to those who need it most.
“I will put a community-based program in place to keep our kids safe and secure once school lets out,” Young wrote. “Together we can find a way to ensure that no child ever feels they do not have a safe place to go after school.”
Young’s plan also focused on increasing the quality of services for residents by modernizing the way city government operates.
“As Mayor, I will modernize Wilmington’s old-style of city management by implementing an evidence-driven, cross-departmental performance management process,” Young wrote. “I will pursue an open data initiative to help foster Wilmington’s innovative spirit, engage the community in solving problems, and improve the quality of life in Wilmington.”
Young said he would also establish a 311 contact center that will provide residents with direct access to up-to-date information about city services while also improving customer service. Neighboring municipalities like Philadelphia have rolled out similar programs to great success.
Young also wants to increase participation in Wilmington’s Adopt-a-Block program to help keep the city clean.
“These are not partisan issues,” said Young. “To build stronger communities and support our youth, we need a city that’s engaged with everyone regardless of race, neighborhood, or socioeconomic status.”
Young said he hopes that people read the policy proposals and see more details beyond the soundbites they often hear from candidates.
“Transparency and accountability should begin long before the election,” said Young. “With me, voters know where I stand on the issues and they will know exactly what initiatives I will pursue when elected.”
Read the full policy proposal at http://www.eugeneyoungformayor.com
Eugene Young is the Advocacy Director at the Delaware Center for Justice and candidate for Mayor of Wilmington.