A child’s success in life is based on values that he or she learns at home, in school, from the people around them, and their neighborhood. It starts at home and continues in the schools, neighborhoods and with good people willing to help. We are just as much responsible for getting our kids jobs as anyone else. We cannot blame anyone else without looking at ourselves.
I do agree that it is important for the young black kids to see people that look like them in jobs in their community so they can see that it is possible for them to do the same thing. Black kids should have role models that look like them.
Diversity creates environments where our children are motivated to achieve, and to empower children to become self-sufficient in the economic and social fabric in their communities.
“When I raise my hand and take the oath of the office, there are millions of kids around this country that didn’t believe that it would ever be possible for them to be president of the United States. And for them, the world would change on that day…” — President Barack Obama
I grew up in a nice middle-class neighborhood and attended good schools. The schools I went to were well-structured, organized and offered a great education. My teachers were hard-working people who cared about their jobs and their students. They had the same goals for me as my mother. They all wanted me to grow up with an opportunity. It was almost like I didn’t have a choice.
If we want our to kids to grow up to have a career in civil service or any career, we, the parents, the teachers, and the adults in the neighborhood have to show them that it’s a good profession. We have to give them the information, the tools, the resources, and we have to help them see it through. We have to shape their focus and their discipline to where they can make their own trusted decisions in life. This is not a one-time effort on our part but a consistent effort.
This is how a good home, a good school system, good neighborhood, and a good people around you can lead a child to a good career. These are the starting and the focus points. If we accomplished this, we won’t have to worry about our kids being able to apply for jobs. There will be no job they can’t have.
Derrick D. Richardson