Re: FREE email update - youth issues
Scott Linscott (slinscot@BIDDEFORD.COM)
Tue, 25 Jul 1995 10:05:42 -0400
>In your message dated Tuesday 18, July 1995 you wrote :
>> Teens Alive, a youth advocacy agency,
>It reads to me as though you are more interested in prejudice advocacy than
>youth advocacy. Not to mention keeping alive the fear and paranoia generated by
>such scare mongering. This hardly seems appropriate for this List.
>Robin Galbraith (SL)
>12th./15th. Newcastle Scout Group
Wow ... something's gone wrong somewhere. Your interpretation is certainly
an interesting one that I have not heard before. We exist for the purpose of
doing all we can to assist young people in growing up to be confident,
functioning adults. We connect them with caring adults, train youth leaders
in leadership techniques and encourage youth workers from a variety of
different backgrounds to continue.
Yes, some of the statistics we circulate are frightening, alarming and
upsetting. They have a variety of sources including Gallup, USA Today,
Rolling Stone, The Barna Group and a bunch of others. We do not create them,
we only report them.
Our hope is that Scout leaders on this list who have subscribed to our
weekly email update will be able to use the information we provide to make
their groups more effective. Some may clip quotes for newsletters, some may
pass an update off to a parent. Other times, they find the info. to be
something they can't use so they file it in the trash. That's fine with us.
Our update subscription list is now more than 1,000. We've received numerous
thank you notes and are thrilled by the way people are using the resource we
provide. Especially, since it is a free service.
So, Robin, I'm sorry you disagree. As with everything on the net, you have
the choice to skip over what you don't want. I'll search our subscription
list and make sure your name isn't on it.
I, and many others, do feel this information is very appropriate for this list.
Hope you have a nice day.
NOTE: FREE email subscriptions to the Teens Alive weekly update are
available by sending email to email@example.com with SUBCRIBE in
A SAMPLE - (The conclusion of our most recent Update)
What can be done?
First, take preventative steps with your children. Study after study has
shown that kids who are involved in a variety of character-building
activities (i.e. church youth programs, scouting, 4H) are more likely to do
well in school. Do all you can to help them stay involved even if that means
running a taxi service.
Second, become personally involved. Again, a direct correlation can be drawn
between parent involvement in education or community and student success and
confidence. Apathy breeds apathy.
Lastly, lend a hand. Youth groups, scout groups, sports program, Sunday
Schools are all desperate for volunteers. Become a supporter of those who
are investing in young people and invest some of your own time. Numerous
programs face shut down only for lack of volunteer help.
Thank you all for tolerating a LONG post! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City