It's nice to see that some money in the Imperial Valley is being targeted for kids who are not "at-risk."
With our poverty, isolation, large immigrant population and relatively low per capita education levels in the Valley, we certainly have plenty of kids who might qualify as at-risk for one program or the next. Some probably qualify for all such programs. That is great for the Imperial Valley and great for the young people. Such programs actually do benefit youths, and as a result many get their lives on the right course, a course on which they stay for a lifetime.
We don't like to toot our own horn in this space, but a few months ago we suggested that with so many programs for "at-risk" kids being implemented in the Valley, local officials should pursue something for the not at-risk kids, the ones from solid families who excel in school, the community, sports and other extracurricular activities. And we are not patting ourselves on the back with this editorial because we are convinced we had nothing to do with the grant awarded to start such a program here.