2011-09-30 / Letters

Call For Youth

The following letter was sent to Councilman James Sanders Jr., Councilman Eric Ulrich and Borough President Helen Marshall.

Dear Editor,

We live in an era of uncertainty. As a society we have made advances in certain aspects, but we still struggle with providing basic essentials such as employment and healthcare to our residents in the Rockaways.

It is during times like these when we look to our leaders to guide us; we ask our politicians to represent us and to help us through the crisis at hand. However, we must also take a closer look at those leaders holding such positions of power and what our leaders are doing in response to conditions we face. To that effect, I ask that we look to the future generation for solutions to these problems.

Through my involvement with Community Board 14, I have gained valuable knowledge and insight by working with board members who have been active in the community for years.

However, I am disappointed to see that there are very few young people who are involved in local politics. Young people are undeniably a vital part of our community, and yet they are not adequately represented.

Our youth need to become more civically engaged, with the older generations paving pathways for them. Teens and young adults face unique circumstances, and can therefore provide a fresh outlook on community problems. We as a community should be training the next generations of leaders. There should be more collaboration between the different generations, in order to provide a framework for a better future in the Rockaways.

I want to thank you, Councilman Sanders and Borough President Helen Marshall, for appointing me to Community Board 14, but I also challenge you and Councilman Ulrich to extend your hand to other young people in the community; I would like to see more youth leadership in the Rockaways, and I ask that you mentor them to become great leaders in the future.

MILAN R. TAYLOR

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