Young people are struggling and we need to strengthen investments in youth programs and services so we may better serve their needs. Saturday, I joined our proud Sylmar community at the Opening of the West Lakeside Park and participated on a panel for the SCHOLAS Citizenship Program, in an effort founded by Pope Francis when he was in Argentina. The youth in my district and across Los Angeles have an advocate on their side for the issues that matter most to them.
West Lakeside Park is a new community park made possible through land made available by LADWP and funding we secured from state and local matches. The opening was delayed by the pandemic and important enhancements and amenities were made for the community, but alas it’s complete and it’s beautiful. Youth and their families need safe space for physical and mental health and it brought me great joy to be celebrating with our community and the youth participating in the SCHOLAS program to learn more about how to better address the needs of young people in our city.
It’s why I fought to create the Youth Development Department and why I will continue to fight for resources that address our kids’ needs.