It's important that children and families have opportunities, fun community activities, diversions, and a safe place for teens and children in need.
The economic benefits derived from this sort of curriculum begin with a desired excellent quality of life and factor in a lower crime rate. Corporate CEOs say that quality of life for employees is the third most important factor in deciding where to locate a business. Keeping these programs will help bring jobs to the county, as well as keeping existing and much needed jobs.
An immediate benefit of recreational activities is that they fill unsupervised after-school hours. It has been established that youths are most likely to commit crimes between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., with crime rates peaking at 3 p.m.
Youths who participate in structured recreational activities have reduced rates of criminal activity (statistically shown to be by as much as 71 percent), antisocial behavior and increased success in post-secondary education.
These activities can also provide safe, developmental opportunities for latch-key youths, who have reduced prospects for physical activity and socialization because of a lack of parental supervision.
The decrease in the use of emergency services (medical, child welfare, police, fire and so on) and increased proactive use of health promotional services result in lower costs to the taxpayer.
The establishment of positive individual character through involvement in youth recreational activity, as well as economic benefits from a lower crime rate, are paybacks to society.
Let the County Supervisors know you want to keep these youth programs and to look for alternative funding if need be.