Transportation, after-school programs likely topics for youth task force

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 3:32pm
Staff reports

A task force assigned by Mayor Karl Dean earlier this year to develop a new Children and Youth Master Plan will present its report Wednesday morning.

In January, Dean pulled together a 40-member group of students, Metro officials, nonprofit organizers and business leaders to work together to create a Youth Master Plan for Nashville.

“The idea is to create a master plan for how we can better serve the kids of Davidson County in all facets of their lives, whether it’s in school or out of school,” Dean said at the time. “It’s just a recognition of the fact that our children, the youth in this county, are the most important assets we have.”

Chaired by At-large Metro Councilman Ronnie Steine and Renata Soto, executive director of Conexion Americas, the task force is prepared to reveal a wide range of recommendations that could address things like improving transportation, after-school programs and job opportunities for children.

Over the past few months, the task force has solicited input from public and private school children through a massive student survey, and hosted community meetings for further feedback.