I have also known students who have come back from Steps Ahead in the mood of telling me how I need to turn my life around, students who need to look in the mirror. I think Steps Ahead tries to make students blind to their faults in some cases. I have seen them fall back into the same habits that they said held them back shortly after they returned from Steps Ahead. I have also seen this "enthusiasm" about themselves that Sol mentioned. It comes across in the form of conceit and sheer contempt for people who are not the same as them, for whatever reasons. I have seen these students sitting around making fun of people. I'm not seeing how this is supposed to better our community. At this point, I've given up on P.S.1. I can only take solace in the fact that I am graduating next year.
I noticed one error in the story: This is our fifth, not sixth year.
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Wow! A program introduced to youth at the ripe old age of fifteen or so that encourages them to open up, let it out, leave it behind and go forward with their life. What an accomplishment!
My daughter is a P.S.1 Steps Ahead student. She is not your stereotypical "youth at risk," but a sensitive, well-adjusted young lady, as a lot of the program students are who decided to join the program for its leadership aspirations, its pride in community and its acknowledgement of individuality. The "I'm okay, you're okay" philosophy, if you will.
And what, may I ask, is wrong with that?
As we've witnessed with past tragic events, even if the teenager is not the stereotypical "youth at risk" as Jargon described, almost every teenager has issues, large or small, in varying degrees -- issues based in feelings of not belonging, not being important, not being understood and not being loved. If we can bridge the gap and head every child in the affirmative direction, as the Steps Ahead program does, where these youth, our children, embrace the value of individuality and the joy of community, then what a wonderful world this would be.
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Stuart Steers's "Where the Sidewalk Ends" was very well done. The line under the headline really told the story: "Even if one community turns them down, developers always know they can get what they want from another."
Then again, Aurora wouldn't turn down the opportunity to annex a Christmas-tree lot, let alone 1,031 acres. Gartrell Investments of Monterey, California, was not and is not interested in Douglas County's rules, regulations, laws or master plans. They made that clear in front of a judge in Douglas County Court. Citizens' rights, voters' rights? Huh? Screw 'em! We'll just go to Aurora, the city that's like Mikey: "He likes everything."