| Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 03:34 pm |
thanks for trying to redirect the conversation to making changes, even though small in our personal small world. your story is very compelling and something that many communities have to face. here are a couple of suggestions:
1. handcuffing yourselves to something is down the list of things to do.
2. first, see if you can get a few of the young people who want a skate park to get together and get some parents who are also concerned about not having a place for kids to have appropriate activities.
3. decide who are the decisions makers-- the mayor, council members, school board, pastors, rabbis, priest, business leaders.
4. take several concerned parents, youth and meet with the highest official you can get an appointment with. tell your story. and i mean story. tell a story of what it's like to be a youth in your community without a postivie outlet.
5. go to the pastors and priest in the community and lay the issue on them.
6. you have to ask them for something--we need a place for youth to skateboard. contact the Tony Hawk foundation. he's an advocate for positive skateboard agendas.
7. get a commitment from mayor, council, pastors that they will support the effort, not just in words but in funding.
8. if this doesn't work, go before city council, school board, etc.
9. remember--organized people can trump organized money, if you're organized. and it can start with a couple of people. you need the youth but you also need voters. you might even get a petition that says you want a place to skateboard park, or place to skateboard.
10. you can be respectful, but firm.
11. when you've got the voters on your side, lay out to those officials that you've got votes and that you want action and a commitment.
12. go to your local newspaper and lay out the issue. get them to interview a couple of kids who want the change.
(important--tell a story about what it's like being a youth without anything to do, except get drunk or stoned)
my son was a skateboarder and my grandsons are skateboarders and i know how important it is to have a place to skateboard.
if you want to discuss this more fully, just message me. this is what i spend about half my time doing; community organizing on these kinds of issues. you can win a victory for you, your friends and the community.
good luck and God bless