2002-10-26 / Editorial/Opinion

Mister, Can You Spare A Job?

Mister, Can You Spare A Job?

A Wave editor recently had the opportunity to speak to a large group of Rockaway youth about planning their careers and the importance of education. During the conversation, several of them asked if there were any employment opportunities at The Wave. Others, pushed to a level of desperation, asked if the editor knew of any employment opportunities anywhere in the city. "I don’t mind traveling to Manhattan if I have to. I just want a chance to do something productive and make a little money," said a young man attending Far Rockaway High School. Undoubtedly, the young man spoke on behalf of many young people in the Rockaway community. The questions clearly illustrated that Rockaway youth are ready, willing and anxious to work. Many people in Rockaway believe our youth are only interested in committing crimes and destroying the community. The sad truth is if they are engaged in such acts, it’s because those recognized as leaders in this community have failed them. They have not provided economic opportunities, or a sense of hope, for many of them, and if you don’t believe that, just look at what has happened to Rockaway over the last 15-20 years. People just want a chance to prosper and survive in life. Rockaway’s youth are no exception, and it’s a shame we aren’t doing more to help them.

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