Op/Ed By Shawan East
I have no clue how to fix our problems in the community.
But, what I do know is, when we were younger, we had programs like D.A.R.E. and summer camps.
These programs helped low-income families, coordinated meetings with the youth and police, and allowed children to interact with others from different communities, and ways of life.
That said, I would like to ask Frank Fowler Sr., Khalid Bey, Sheri Owens, Lazurus Sims, Stephanie Miner, Lawrence Williams, Rita Paniagua, Joanie Mahoney, and the NAACP to accept my pledge of $2500 to $5,000, as a donation to reinstate programs like D.A.R.E., and youth retreats.
I know a few politicians and police chiefs who have deleted me as a friend on Facebook, but I believe it is our community which has suffered, and, as an elected official, and public servants of this community, I ask you to please help wipe the tears from our city’s eyes.
I may not have all the solutions, but I remember my childhood in the city, with CYO, Bishop Forey, and summer camps.
I grew up on the south side of Syracuse, where it wasn’t always easy, but we had things to do.
However, today’s kids are like prisoners in their own homes, and in their communities.
We have to be a city which provides opportunity, and creates togetherness.
I’ll do my part, but I also need your help to make it happen.
Within six months, proceeds totaling up to $5000, from my company’s profits, from city and county contracts, and/or fund raisers will be turned over to the mayor’s office, for reactivating D.A.R.E., or to be used for a youth retreat.
Shawan East President, the East Companies
East Environmental Group East Development Group East Unlimited
New York NuPoint Entertainment Group