Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Why, oh, why are the Roving Leaders going away?

Just when the Council of the District of Columbia will be considering emergency crime legislation, the new director of the Department of Parks and Recreation allegedly plans to eliminate the Roving Leaders program.   This makes sense.   Not.

According to the recently released report on gang and crew violence, "When allowed to work consistent with the model, there is wide consensus that Roving Leaders have a positive impact on the lives of young people."   (A Blueprint for Action, online at www.dccollaboratives.org , page 16)

The District has been home to the Roving Leaders since 1954 when they were created to engage those we now refer to as "disconnected youth", those young people who are least likely to be connected with services and supports.   Read the rest of the short essay.