About 350 people attended Mayor Jennifer Roberts summit on out-of-school time today to discuss ways to provide teenagers with constructive out of school programs.
“Out of school time is critical to help middle and high school kids stay in school, on grade level and out of trouble,” said Mayor Roberts. “Improving access to programs will create economic opportunities for kids as well as improve public safety. This is the first step in what will be a multi-year commitment to improve access and build capacity for our youth.”
Roberts noted that currently there is no central organization to help parents find quality programs for youth in middle and high school and no organization to assess and monitor programs and provide professional development for providers.
“I am working with the community and with private partners to help parents and providers get the information they need,” said Roberts. “We have to do better. The future of our kids and our city depends on it.”
The event included a roundtable discussion with the Mayor, police Chief Kerr Putney, and James Ford, the N.C. Teacher of the Year in 2014.
Roberts said next steps include reviewing the feedback from the community and creating a public/private partnership to deliver on the priorities identified at the summit.
The summit was presented by Time Warner Cable. Other sponsors include the Foundation for the Carolinas and Charlotte Works.