(This was my assignment last week)
What I Would Accomplish If I Were to Become the Mayor of Reading for a Day
According to Census Bureau data, my city, Reading, Pennsylvania, has topped the list as one of the highest poverty-stricken cities in the United States. The once thriving town of industry, railroads, and outlet shopping malls has died along with the current withering federal economic status. Reading’s turmoil has brought its eighty-eight thousand residents to a poverty rate of 41.3 percent. And, it does not surprise me that Reading is in Act 47, the state’s financial distressed city program; with not being able to financially meet its residents’ needs. I believe that with my excellent idea of positive reinforcement, the city would flourish and prosper once again.
As mayor for a day, I would implement a program called C.A.R.E: The Community Awareness, Recovery, and Education program. The program would be based on setting educational value to help city residents of all ages and economic levels achieve a good quality of life. It would be designed to team-up with other city educational and outreach programs, such as; The Opportunity House, The Olivet Boys and Girls Club, and The I-Lead Charter School - just to name a few. The program would bring awareness of the importance in education because, after all, Reading’s high school drop-out rate is far from outstanding. The way I see it, the residents of Reading have to individually start caring for their future in order for its community to even begin to prosper.
C.A.R.E. would be a low-funded local government program based upon four key issues facing the City of Reading’s main obstacles. Community: Efforts would be made by local officials to publicly motivate, and reach-out to city residents. Awareness: The program would organize knowledgeable volunteers of the community to impact, and convey a message of awareness; and the importance of education. Recovery: The program would provide special incentives to individuals who volunteer in making a difference, or for residents who are currently the face of poverty whom desire change and growth. Education: With being the most important key element of the program, education is essential for the growth of our city - leading the way from poverty to prosperity.
In conclusion, I believe the C.A.R.E program would motivate, educate, and stimulate the community of Reading by providing residents with hope and optimism for a better future on the road to recovery. I feel that it is imperative that the residents of Reading comprehend the need for higher education in order to place, and establish businesses and manufacturing companies with-in the city walls for growth. And, I believe that education for our young children and adults is a crucial component, not only for knowledge, skill, and trade; but to give a sense of understanding to the importance of life fundamentals and issues.
The motivation of this program is based-off the song “Care” from one of my all-time favorite artist, Kid Rock, who I feel has become an important philanthropist for his own city of Detroit, Michigan. The song inspires the message of hope and pride in one’s community. It explores the message of achieving unity and improvement, and it conveys the message of one person’s conviction that people are truly valuable in the world. Imagine if everyone in the community was to be inspired to care just a little more; I believe that the people of Reading would grow to prosper with a high level of pride, dignity, and accomplishment.