Youth Success Initiative Addresses Issues Facing City Youth

Published 06/10 2014 04:45PM

Updated 06/10 2014 05:18PM

For the first time ever, the City of Binghamton has formally partnered with the Binghamton City School District to address challenges facing local youth.

The Youth Success Initiative aims to help students from grades K through 12 succeed by building connections between City Hall and local schools.

As part of the Initiative, Mayor Rich David visited several social studies classes at East Middle School to talk about the importance of civic government.

The visit allowed students to offer their perspectives by asking questions and voicing their concerns.

To lead the Youth Success Initiative, the Mayor appointed Albert Penna, who previously served 20 years as principal of Binghamton High School.

"It's our attempt to really discover and investigate what are the needs of the issues of the students, of the youth of our city, to really keep them here after commencement so they don't leave the city, and to give them more access to City Hall and to their Mayor," said director Albert Penna.

Goals for the program include establishing a mentoring program, increasing the availability of recreational facilities, enhancing security coverage, and improving the quality of transportation services.

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