Today’s youth are increasingly faced with the complexities of modern life. The social stresses that confront our children can have lasting effects if left unchecked. The well being of young people is essential to the well being of any community. When a young adult drops out of school, gets pregnant at an early age, becomes involved with drugs and alcohol, joins a gang, or otherwise engages in self-destructive behaviors, their problems soon become the problems of the community.
Increasingly, cities are becoming more proactive in helping youth avoid behaviors that ultimately cost taxpayer dollars and negatively affect community image and quality of life. The old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” certainly rings true in this era of cost cutting and reductions in services. Cities no longer have the financial capacity to simply throw money at problems. As such, many are beginning to invest in the less expensive option of preventing problems affecting children and families.
On November 13, 2012 the City Council formerly adopted the Peoria Youth Master Plan.
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The City of Peoria is excited to announceYouth Partner Network. The Peoria Youth Partner Network brings together like minded individuals in the development and implantation of youth programs. Each lunchtime meeting will focus on one of six the strategic goals in the Youth Master Plan. The July meeting will be focused on the Access Goal. If you are interested in joining the Youth Partner Network meeting or for more information contact Kevin Naughton, City of Peoria Recreation Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org.