Promoting a Stronger Workforce for Tomorrow

Placer Community Foundation recently co-sponsored a Placer Town Hall that drew 250 people throughout the community. It featured Dowell Myers, Ph.D., who spoke about Children’s Doubled Importance for Our Successful New Future as it specifically relates to Placer County. Myers leads the California Demographic Futures research project at the University of Southern California.

Sierra College Rocklin State Preschoolers backstage before their opening performance.

Myers addressed what he said were several myths about California’s children; there are already too many children in the state, California is threatened by demographic changes, children are a burden on taxpayers, taxpayers don’t need to take care of other people’s kids, and California can’t afford any more children.

These are old assumptions, Myers said, based on information that is no longer valid. Currently in Placer County, 50 out of every hundred people are senior citizens, compared to 40 out of 100 across the state. At the same time, the number of children are declining and becoming increasingly scarcer, making them an even more valuable resource. This all creates an imbalance and consequently a great deficit in our current and future workforce.

Placer Town Hall panelists (L to R): Willy Duncan, Ed Bonner, Janice LeRoux, Veronica Blake, Gayle Garbolino-Mojica, and Dowell Meyers.

“If California intends to maintain its economy, it must get more serious about educating its workforce,” Myers said. The state can’t afford school dropouts, so money spent on education is an investment in the future. As Myers pointed out, the girl who’s in second grade today needs to be a thriving, taxpaying worker twenty years from now.

“Today’s children – of all backgrounds – will grow up to be the caretakers of today’s 50-somethings, and eventually they will have their turn as taxpayers, too. They will buy the homes of the seniors who are aging out of them. They need good educations and good jobs to be able to afford those homes.”

Philanthropy can play an important role in the nurturing of today’s youth. PCF extends great appreciation to its Giving Circle who awarded $33,000 in grants this past September to support our county’s most vulnerable youth and well as the many caring donors whose charitable funds at PCF invested an additional $96,000 in 2017 to support positive futures for children of all ages!

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