Underfunded Social Programs
It seems that man y different organizations design and create many varieties of social programs. Although they may design a good program initially they fail to follow through with it. For instance, our government does many things to try to help inner city youth. They design the program, get it going, but than it seems they often times leave them to try and get by on there own. Many tmes these programs just don't have the monetary stability to keep such programs going. For example, ACES is a group that I am working with in both ARCH 1701 and 1281. the idea here is great, but they simply do not have the resources to get to all the students they possibly can. In fact, many of the schools this program works at have a waiting list to get into. They, of course, would like give all of these kids access to the programs, but they simply cannot afford it. Now I don't know if this is goverrnment funded, but whoever funds it needs to follow through with it. They are running almost completely on donations from professional sports oganizations. I know that many of these organizations have enough money to fund these completely but they simply are not doing it. The ACES people also said that many of the sports organizations sponsor them but I have never seen anything that relates ACES and the sports organizations together except for what the ACES people told me. Maybe if the sports organizations publicized this more, they could draw more donations from other places besides them. By doing this they could support ACES more without the full burden being on their organization.
So back to the point of this blog. In order for all of the many social programs to work, the people that fund them or start them must follow through. Simply starting the programs and designing them does not complete the job. This is a social design issue because it is so widespread in our society. I see problems like this in many of the abundant amount of social programs. The design of the programs are often good, but the design of the society that runs them has many faults. So in conclusion, I believe all these programs have good intentions. I also believe the creators of these programs have good intentions but some where along the way they lose track of what they were doing with the programs. Basically, in the end the creators don't follow through like they should. Also, we need to find a way to get the creators to follow through because many of these programs have so much potential, but nothing to back them up. I know America can do better and we must find a way to help her.