Youth Agenda

We can provide hope to our youth through education and youth programs. With the strong foundation, education and youth programs, such as Teen Empowerment, combined with leadership gave Gerly the opportunity to witness and participate in an array of life-changing and shaping experiences. We need to push for high educational standards in the classrooms and schools. Gerly is committed to ensuring that every child receives a quality education and can pursue a college degree. We need to ensure that our schools are equipped to meet the needs of every student. It will, also, be her duty to fight for more funding for after-school and summer programs.


I will:

  1. Support youth and young adults have access to technology training at recreation and computer centers to better prepare them for the workforce. 

  2. Increase the opportunities offered to students to assure every young person gets the chance to participate in the positive athletic activity.

  3. Support organizations that expand the number of summer jobs offered to Everett teens. Employment for teenagers also can make a large difference in the professional success of students. 

  4. increase funding for the safety net for at-risk youth through increased housing and employment support for youth. 

  5. Youth Enrichment Saturday Programs to include Science, Business, Arts, and Music.

  6. Implement a Youth Workforce Development Program that specializes in high growth industries and provides certificates.

  7. Vocational training should be included in our high schools, and it should focus on technology. For example, some schools are reinventing “shop” class to revolve around 3D printing, a new type of production that enables anyone to make nearly any size or shape part one can imagine.  

  8. To promote civic engagement, students should work with their community leaders and businesses to research solutions to a local problem or issue, volunteer in a service organization for a few months, and have class discussions about topics that require respect for different viewpoints. 

  9. Intervention Schools: Many young people on the edge of dropping out begin to display behavior and academic problems in middle school and the first years of high school.  Identifying and supporting these students could dramatically increase their graduation rates, give them the skills to succeed in the job force, and enable them to avoid incarceration. This type of program should involve committees of teachers and administrators who identify kids in danger and develop strategies to save them.