Recently highlighted in a Democrat & Chronicle op-ed piece, Mayor’s Warren’s first proposed budget prioritizes children and takes some promising steps to improve programs and services that serve Rochester’s youth. You can read our review of the proposed budget to gain more insight, but in the meantime, we ask you to:
Thank Mayor Warren for:
- a re-organization of the Dept. of Recreation and Youth Services (DRYS) that adds 6 full-time staff and expands youth employment and recreational activities;
- joint ventures between the Public Library, DRYS and the Rochester City School District to promote literacy, plus 6 magnet camps to stem summer reading loss;
- a $125,000 investment in external evaluations of the Recreation Bureau and Pathways to Peace, a violence-prevention program; and
- collaboration and alignment with other child-focused initiatives such as ROC the Future and efforts to prioritize young children and their families.
The Children’s Agenda applauds these initiatives and recommends additional next steps. Write to Mayor Warren and City Council members now to urge them to take the following action for Rochester’s children:
- Adopt “Child Impact Statements” beginning in 2015 to assess the impact (positive, negative, or neutral) of City spending and policies on Rochester’s children;
- Develop new or revised Key Performance Indicators so that progress toward goals can be measured and reported to the community; and
- Further align City resources to leverage the collective impact needed to improve our children’s chances of success in school and life.
The proposed budget makes specific changes that were suggested by The Children’s Agenda in previous years based on our analysis of the City budget. We are pleased to be a resource to the Mayor and City leaders, and we look forward to continuing to work together to make Rochester a place where all children thrive and succeed.
Let City leaders know that their budget decisions are important to our future. Thank you!