Invest in our Youth
Every child deserves to have access to quality education, but we know that is not the reality. Because achievement gaps are still present, lack of support for our students and teachers is still present, and now limited access to technology is furthering the disparities of children and families being able to educate their children due to the pandemic. Now, more than ever, it’s time we take a proactive approach and I would advocate for funding to ensure families have the technology tools necessary to continue our children’s education. In addition, I would push for resources that address our children’s well-being, promote early programming and earlier exposure to different career options as well.
At one point in my life, I had several jobs where I would wake up at 4 in the morning to go to work at a St. Francis Hospital, from there go to school, and lastly, to head to my last job for the day and get home around 10 pm. Since pay was not enough to take care of myself, I also took on extra projects just to make my ends meet. The thing is, this is something that continues to happen where people work several jobs to make their ends meet. And with the shutdown of many businesses and the loss of jobs, many families individuals are now faced with how to make ends meet more now than before. What we need is continued financial support for our essential workers and local business owners to make sure we can return to the workforce once this pandemic passes as well as making sure people are paid to where they can make an honest living.
Support Re-entry Services
We have all made decisions we are not proud of, the only difference is some of us were caught. And those who were caught ended up in the justice system; they can be our family members, people we work with, friends, or even yourself. When I facilitated groups at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, one of the main concerns they shared was they wanted a fair, second chance to make things right, but did not believe they would receive the support they needed. If we have people who want to make things right, and who want to contribute to the community in a positive way, the state assembly representative should advocate solutions to ensure they are given the tools necessary to find sound employment, housing, and establish a quality of life as well.