Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Volunteers show youngsters paths to improve their lives

It's easy to find someone lamenting about entitlement programs and how they're destroying a strong work ethic for an entire generation, but complaints won't lead to a meaningful resolution.

If we want these programs to be a true hand up instead of a lifetime of handouts, we have to introduce and expose children to positive possibilities.

Consider Junior Achievement's Diploma-See program, founded and fueled by local accountant Jose Valiente. It needed 250 volunteers to spend a half-day in eighth-grade classes at Title 1 schools promoting finance, education and career goals while sharing personal achievement stories.

A record 326 volunteers stepped up, hoping to be the change they want to see.

You may be sad about entitlement programs, but imagine your joy if you heard a child say, "Your story inspired me." …

Seen on a bumper sticker: To Get A Man To Do Something, Suggest He's Too Old For It. …

In his review of American Stage's The Birds, the Times' Steve Persall wrote of the characters, "What birds could do to any of them isn't as scary as what they might do to themselves."

I wonder if that applies to Friday's 8 a.m. invitation-only debate between St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and challenger Rick Kriseman on the set of The Birds? …

Thanks to a special device, Riverview's Daisy Vega overcame foot drop, a debilitating ailment that made it difficult for her to walk. Vega could afford the device, but insurance doesn't cover the costs. So Vega started the Freedom to Walk Foundation to help others. On Saturday, it awarded its first WalkAide device to Daniel Rios, 12, at a gala. Truly awesome.

That's all I'm saying.

Volunteers show youngsters paths to improve their lives 10/06/13 [Last modified: Sunday, October 6, 2013 11:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Hernando's assistant county administrator over public works resigns

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County has taken another hit in its public works operation with the resignation this week of Brian Malmberg, the assistant county administrator over several departments.

    Malmberg
  2. Enjoy the felines, ancient ruins at Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary in Rome

    Travel

    ROME

    We had to be in the right spot. The GPS said so.

    The Area Sacra at Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome is the site of ancient ruins and the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary. More than 140 cats call this area home. Some live in the indoor shelter.
  3. Bar review: Seminole Heights City Wine Bar in Tampa

    Features

    One of the best spots to grab a drink in Ybor is the Ybor City Wine Bar. It's easily the largest beer selection in Ybor despite being obviously wine-centric, and the extensive wine selection comes with a side of expert staff to help smartly walk you through a long and unusually formatted wine list that separates wines …

    Intermediate sommelier Drew Drotleff chats with guests at the Seminole Heights City Wine Bar. There’s a relaxed conviviality that makes enjoying wine all the better. The first City Wine Bar is in Ybor City.
  4. Nearly local craft beer of the week: Rome City IPA from Lakeland's Brew Hub

    Bars & Spirits

    As popular as the American IPA is, it's hardly surprising that it has been the canvas for many of the most prominent beer trends of the past few years: session IPA, New England-style IPA, sour IPA, single malt and single hop IPA — even coffee IPA.

    Brew Hub
  5. Ouch: Red Sox first pitch hits cameraman in the groin (w/video)

    Ml

    Ceremonial first pitches at baseball games are often painful to watch, but this one turned out to be literally painful for a cameraman.