“I grew up in a tough environment where a life of crime was an option for me but I never went down that path. While it was not for me, it was tough saying no. But what helped me say no was youth programs and support. It is my belief that the City has a responsibility in helping shape the positive direction of our youth”.
East San José should be a regional leader in supporting youth development and keeping children out of trouble and engaged in school. Local schools need more resources, and our students and families need options for before and after-school activities.
As your next Councilmember, Rolando Bonilla understands the fight for our children isn’t over. Bonilla’s plan includes:
- Increasing operating hours of Alum Rock Youth Center and the Roberto Cruz Library, so that each can stay open later and be safe hubs supported with programs for youth.
- Transforming our empty buildings into world-class youth development centers.
- Reducing the cost of youth recreational activities, including summer youth programs, with a special emphasis on families who qualify for free and reduced lunch programs.
- Increasing access to before and after school activities for middle school children.