The most valuable asset to our community, is our youth. Our youth have goals and ambitions to improve their community and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. They are currently advocating for themselves, and need our support to ensure they have the best opportunities possible. Youth want after school programs, mentorships and internships, sports programs, and higher education and job opportunities. We need to invest in our youth to ensure that our city continues to thrive. As a Councilmember, Roman directed staff to improve the quality of service at our city community centers by offering more programs. Under Roman’s leadership, the city expanded their sports programs from one program to five. He also, brought back the Catalina Camp-Out program, a week-long trip that allows for Santa Ana youth to experience life outside of the city. When it came to appointing commissioners, at least half of Roman’s appointees were millennials, allowing young people who want to get involved an opportunity to learn and to grow. Roman is an advocate for a joint use agreement between the City and the Santa Ana Unified School District that will increase the services we can provide to the community. Our youth are the future and we need to do more to foster their growth.