The genesis of the idea of addressing the most critical issues confronting our youth, in particular black youth, comes from the feeling that we may be leaving African Americans behind in view of the fact that educators, politicians, business leaders, etc. are addressing the issues affecting “Minorities” or “People of Color.” In this spirit, there is probably legitimate reason in addressing the problem from a universal perspective or approach, but we must be careful not to ignore the data and reality of African Americans and their plight, especially in light of the changing demographics in New Brunswick and in the nation.
It is believed “that we can only eat an elephant one bite at a time;” therefore, the League must be realistic in its efforts to address the issues of youth. Program efforts must be targeted and expand the program activities from there. A solid, successful approach to addressing the issues of African American youth becomes a model for a successful approach to addressing the issue as it affects other cultural groups. Remember, the good thing about this approach is that it doesn't eliminate the League’s overall approach to addressing quality of life issues for all people in New Brunswick. The focus on youth could be an important addendum to the League’s mission.