Our Children and youth are our Future
When SWOP became a membership organization in 1986, a basic need was to begin providing childcare for our members. But we realized that if SWOP and others were to have an impact in the long run we would have to begin focusing more attention on child development and youth issues. We began to provide educational, artistic and multi-cultural activities to reach far beyond what our children were learning in school. We worked with students and participants in the Summer Employment Programs to provide a vehicle for older youth to participate fully in our struggles. Out of this work has emerged our Child and Youth Development Resources Program, which works to assist children and youth in developing their own agendas for participation and social change through such activities.