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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]
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