Townsend urges Marylanders to improve children's lives State's No. 2 official speaks at prelude to U.S. summit

April 19, 1997|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

Maryland must mobilize more volunteers to help make the state's children "healthier, safer and better educated," Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend said yesterday, a week before a national summit to promote community service to help youth.

"I stood with President Clinton recently when he singled out Maryland and its high school service requirement," said Townsend. "We will share our success with other states at the summit but we need to do a lot more."

Larry Walton, president of United Way of Central Maryland, announced the names of 27 Maryland delegates, including Townsend, who will join hundreds at the Presidents' Summit for America's Future in Philadelphia from April 27 to 29. The chairman will be retired Gen. Colin L. Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Townsend said that what happens here afterward is what's important. She said delegates hope to gather useful ideas and return to spread the word, encourage hundreds of others to volunteer and, this spring, announce specific programs.

Clinton and former President George Bush -- backed by the other ex-presidents -- announced the meeting Jan. 24 and said the summit is committed to providing young Americans with these resources: "An ongoing relationship with a caring adult: a mentor, tutor or coach; safe places and structured activities during nonschool hours to learn and grow; a healthy start; a marketable skill through effective education; and an opportunity to give back through community service."

In yesterday's announcement of delegates at the Druid Hill Family Branch YMCA, Walton praised three companies in Maryland for their efforts on behalf of youth:

Bell Atlantic Maryland, for projects with schools, such as enabling Internet access; Taco Bell of Maryland, for increasing recruitment of "at-risk" teen-agers in youth programs; and LensCrafters, for providing eye care for children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore is a sponsor of the national meeting.

News about the summit is available on the World Wide Web at http: //www.americaspromise.org.

The Points of Light Foundation and Corporation for National Service -- national groups stressing voluntarism -- worked with .. local United Ways and mayors' offices to pick delegates from 150 communities with strong commitments to service.

Maryland's 27 delegates were selected using a formula followed by each state: about 10 from each selected city and about five at large. The larger the state, the more cities included and the bigger the delegation.

Attending from Maryland:

Baltimore: Anthony Edwards, student, Coppin State College; Dr. Lenneal J. Henderson, distinguished fellow, University of Baltimore's Schaefer Center for Public Policy; Lee Jensen, president and chief executive, YMCA of Central Maryland; Deborah Knight-Kerr, director of community and education projects, Johns Hopkins Hospital; Marlene McLaurin, vice president, United Way of Central Maryland; Sally Michel, Governor's Commission on Service; James Piper, president of administration, O'Conor, Piper & Flynn; Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke; Dana Stein, executive director, Civic Works; and Katrina Scott, sophomore, City College.

Salisbury: Dr. Philip D. Creighton, provost and vice president of academic affairs, Salisbury State University; Carolyn Hall, president, Wicomico County Council; Capt. Gene Hogg, commanding officer, Salvation Army; Luis A. Luna, executive director, Greater Salisbury Committee; Charlene C. Mills, church volunteer and human resources liaison; Kathleen W. Momm'e, executive director, United Way of Lower Eastern Shore; Randolph G. Outen, executive director, O.U.R. Community; Hazel Ricker, RSVP; Dr. Judith Sensenbrenner, Wicomico County health officer; Edward T. Taylor, Wicomico County Council; and Dr. George I. Whitehead, Wicomico County Board of Education.

Statewide: Shirley Gravely-Currie, director of communications and volunteers, Joint Action in Community Service Inc.; Chuck Lyons, president, Gazette Newspapers; Kevin Oxendine, youth commissioner, Governor's Commission on Service; Jan Rivitz, executive director, Strauss Foundation, and Governor's Commission on Service; Peggy Stuart, project coordinator, AmeriCorps Office, Frostburg State University; and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Pub Date: 4/19/97

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