An article by Village of Wilson Mayor Arthur Lawson:
It is a well-known fact that the youth of any community is its greatest asset, yet our community demographics show the 18 to 25 age groups is only 3% of our population. We need to find out what it will take to keep our most precious asset as an active part of our community.
Having a child is like having your heart walking around outside of your body. God tells us that children are a blessing and a gift! Their spirits are filled with innocence, joy, and laughter. As we all know, the process of raising a child is rich with emotions, uncertainties, joys, and sorrows as they chart their future.
While COVID-19 continues to run its course our community youth and students who graduate from Wilson Central High School in 2020 are now facing an “unprecedented future.” Many youth activities were cancelled, and this year’s Wilson Central High School graduates are feeling the effects of the pandemic on varying levels as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives.
As our youth chart their own “unprecedented future” they will be our future. Today they might be our children and our graduates, soon they will be parents and community leaders. Our youth are energetic and enthusiastic. They can learn and adapt to their evolving environment that puts them on the world stage unlike any past generation. Similarly, they are willing to learn and act to make a positive impact in a community to achieve their goals and they have a perspective that older generations lack. In short, our youth have the power to build our community so we must give them the opportunity.
Your village government is actively engaged with our school district to help provide opportunities for our youth. In the past we have hired intern(s) and past students for the village who have made a positive impact. As your Mayor I will continue to have an open dialogue with our school district to look for meaningful ways for the Village to serve our youth for the betterment of our community.
In the end, I wish to see the age demographic for the 18 to 25-year-old age group increase as an active portion of our population. I pray for and see the greatness of our Wilson children and expect that when we look back on our 2020 Wilson Graduates who answered the challenges of the “unprecedented future” 30 years from now, we will view them as the, “New Greatest Generation.”