Pamella Settlegoode, candidate for District 4 City Council, unveiled the first of a series of strategies designed to rebuild and revitalize St. Petersburg. The strategy released today is for a program designed to offer jobs funded by the city to local teenagers during the summer months, allowing them to receive training, skills and experience in government or business when out of school.
“I’ve made youth issues a priority of my campaign every step of the way,” Settlegoode remarked. “They’ve been too neglected by the Council and in this economic climate their prospects for employment won’t improve unless we offer them a chance to show what they can do.”
The strategy calls for a pilot based on existing summer youth employment efforts in New York and Washington D.C. to debut in summer 2010. Lessons learned from the pilot would be applied to a permanent program beginning in 2011. The initiative would be wholly or partly funded by federal money available under the WIA Youth program and stimulus packages passed last winter. The plan has already drawn support from Councilmember Wengay Newton. “I was thrilled that at the last council meeting Wengay picked up my call for this vital job-creating plan. I encourage more local leaders to share his vision and recognize this unique opportunity to grow our city and do right by our kids.
“I hope my opponent, Leslie Curran, is one of those who recognize the value of our plan,” Settlegoode continued. “We’ve tried to make this a campaign of innovative ideas, fresh thinking and honest advocacy for the people of St. Pete. This is just the first of many strategies I’ll unveil. I’m curious to see what Mrs. Curran will to the table after 12 years of quietly nodding her head on the Council.”
Dr. Pamella Settlegoode is a teacher and professor of education. As a special education teacher she blew the whistle against the school’s systematic neglect of her children, resulting in a landmark legal victory. She is a homeowner and resident of Allendale Terrace. District 4 encompasses north central St. Petersburg, including Historic Uptown, Historic Old Northeast, Crescent Lake and Greater Woodlawn. The citywide general election is on November 3rd.