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Youth Advocate

How our community as a whole needs to provide a safe and welcoming venue for skateboarders.

So one day I'm going about my business and the next I'm calling myself a Youth Advocate.

Why? Here's why:

As a young person you have needs but you do not have all the skills to get those needs met.

You just have not lived long enough.

I've been around the block a few times and am not afraid to speak up. I know how to use my words and who to speak to and how to pull in the resources I don't have.

I know how to write a proposal, find the information I need and where to go if I don't have what I need.

I can stand up to an adult who is trying to put me in the position of a child. No way I'm buying that.

So here I am advocating for young people who skateboard.

Skateboarding is not a crime, but the athletes who skateboard are treated like criminals and ticketed for practicing their sport.

I'm standing up for these kids. Draconian measures of punishing skaters with tickets is not the solution. We cannot just say no repeatedly to skaters. We must provide solutions such as a sanctioned space for skateboarding. People, be it young people or adults, will always find a way around a "no." 

I am for keeping kids out of harm's way and providing a safe place for them to recreate.

This is the responsibility of our cities, our neighborhoods and our neighbors.

It is all our responsibility to keep our kids safe.

Where do you stand on this?

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Marian Locascio May 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Do you mean all skateboarding all the time everywhere? How do you feel about hill-bombing? http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/03/local/la-me-skateboard-bombing-20120503 Not everything about skateboarding is so wonderful.
Ellen November May 05, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Marian, of course there is wreckless behavior in all kinds of sports. Young people do not realize consequences. I am looking out for the youth and want to provide a skate park for them to keep them out of harm's way. Thank you for reading my blog.
Marian Locascio May 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Yes, but what would you DO about this real problem? Why didn't you mention it? It is happening on the hill right now. There are websites encouraging hill bombers to come here. Might this ruin all skateboarding for everyone, like publicity and irresponsible behavior (they say) did for our dog beach? Should someone build a downhill run from the hill bombers who are local, who are outsiders, or just tell them to smarten up? Who will advocate for the hill bombers? You? Should they be fined or banned? Or should commentators like yourself perhaps make more subtle and less 'black and white' arguments. Please don't be like other advocates/journalists and simplify everything down to 'good' or 'bad'. We have too much of this going on already. I'd love to hear your opinions on hill bombing. Perhaps good advocates like yourself need to discuss consequences as well as legitimate needs. Keep up the good work. I hope the hill bombers don't ruin it for everyone.

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