I read the recent letter, "Government programs will not break the cycle" with keen interest.
I, too, believe that the recent Baltimore violence by young blacks is based upon their anger and frustration and the hopelessness they feel about their futures. The letter writer correctly states that governmental programs are not the solution and that they have failed our youth.
He asks the rhetorical question, "So how do we solve this problem"?
As a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, I would like to suggest that there are successful non-governmental alternatives on Hilton Head and in many other communities. Through the generous support of many in our community, the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island provides programs and services to almost 700 young people on a year-round basis.
The clubs offer a strong core program in areas such as education and career, character and leadership, health and life skills, arts and sports, and fitness and recreation. As a retired Fortune 50 company executive, I can assure you that the demonstrative results of these programs meet the highest criteria and standards.
To continue and expand nonprofit programs such as this, community leaders and "opinion makers" must speak out about the importance for each of us to support and contribute to community programs for vulnerable young people as an alternative to governmental programs.
Hilton Head Island