Editorial: Celebrating Job Corps sustainability

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

Sustainability for half a century requires hard work, an ability to adapt and many willing hands and hearts. The Kittrell Job Corps celebration on Friday is deserving of the highest praise.

The week has been exciting with several events. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s plan in the war on poverty has endured many changes in our country, continually educating and preparing our youth to be productive adults.

Rest assured, the program begun 50 years ago is nothing like the one today in terms of details and techniques. But it is consistent with the original goals.

We offer heartiest of congratulations and best wishes for the next half-century.

• Landmark programs have come to our community before. And one of the most intriguing with a high ceiling of opportunity is the Granville-Vance Faith Initiative for Community Action.

The nonprofit is a flagship organization in the U.S. The Center for Interfaith Action in Washington, D.C., works primarily in third-world countries. It fosters partnerships between the religious sector, governments and donor institutions, mainly in Africa, working primarily on the challenge of public health.

Starting organizations domestically was new in 2013. The goals here are centered on health, education and economic development.

A summit this past week attracted about 100, with a panel discussion and small-group dialogue. Congregations and the schools were represented, with an emphasis on the education of area children.

• Should seeing the Little League World Series be on the schedule this weekend, keep in mind how much compensation those pre-teens are getting: none. Does it matter? Should they? The world has cried foul of the NCAA mightily, so much so that the college giant is changing and athletes may soon be paid.

The logic: People bringing in lots of money deserve a cut.

Granted, it doesn’t trickle down to all the front-liners at our favorite fast food or discounted shopping places. But Disney sure does pay plenty for Little League — a nonprofit — to be on ESPN, same as they do college and pro games.

We’re just interested to see where the next end point becomes visible.