YOUTH & EDUCATION
Mayor gives graduating seniors “Scholly” app
Early in 2017, the Mayor provided students with free access to “Scholly.” This App connects Students with scholarships dollars. To date, students from throughout the country received $70 million worth of scholarships through the use of Scholly.
Summer Jobs for youth:
The mayor Increased the summer youth jobs program from 100,000 to $200,000 with no additional tax dollars.
College Signing Day
Mayor Tubbs held the first College Signing Day in Stockton. Special Guest, Astronaut Jose Hernandez, Joined the mayor as students from Stockton announced which college they will attend in the fall of 2017.
In an effort to remind the public that we need their help to stop our local parks from being vandalized, the Mayor along with Councilmember Dan Wright, joined the community to reopen Heroes Park. Vandals originally damaged the park and it was closed for several months. The Mayor and council also meet to provide guidance on Measure M dollars – nearly $190 million for our local parks and services.
City Funding of Golf
In an effort to be fiscally prudent, the mayor will continue to look for ways to save the tax payer money. The city will need to address the gap in funding needed for capital improvements to our two golf courses. It is estimated that these repairs could run as high as $20 million. The mayor is open to ideas addressing this funding gap, but does not believe the city should continue to pay for golf.
The Mayor along with the Stockton Heat hockey team and Stockton ports, launched a youth reading program. The program runs from Oct – March of 2018. Professional athletes will visit 5 area schools and read to students monthly. All participating students will have the chance to attend a Heat game towards the end of the season.
Hero Day Stockton
Mayor Tubbs held the first Hero Day in Stockton. This event focused on encouraging children to stay healthy and active. Each child participating was fitted for a free pair of shoes and had full access to Skyzone. Hundreds of local children participated. The Mayor hopes to make this an annual event.
Street Code Academy
Over the summer the Mayor’s office partnered with Street Code Academy to give a few local students an opportunity to learn about computer programing. As part of this program, students had the chance to visit Facebook over the summer and learn from mentors.
Rio Calaveras Elementary Gold Champions
Mayor Tubbs honored students from Rio Calaveras Elementary for winning first place in a National Academic Pentathlon tournament in Minneapolis. Both the Rio Calaveras 7th and 8th grade teams won gold in separate levels of competition. Each team member reached a $250 scholarship and tickets to a Sacramento Kings game, along with other surprises.
The Mayor’s office created a new internship program that provided an opportunity for talented college students to spend a summer at city hall. Each student worked on specific projects and provided a great resources for ongoing efforts to improve Stockton.
The Mayor’s office has Partnered with Fuse Corps to bring two fellowships to Stockton. Fuse Corp is a program that encourages entrepreneurial professionals from the private sector to serve one year in a community where they can match their skills and background to assist with local efforts. Here in Stockton, our two Fuse Corp fellows are focusing on economic development and education.
Push for a CSU Stockton
Mayor Tubbs along with Assemblymember Susan Eggman, co-wrote an Op-Ed in the Sacbee titled “Why CSU need to put a campus in Stockton.” Only 12% of our residents over the age of 25 have a college degree. Stockton is nearly three times farther from a CSU or UC than any of California other large cities. Mayor Tubbs will continue to push for a CSU Stockton campus in 2018. However, this is a multiyear effort that will take the entire community to support. The Mayor will do his part to help place Stockton in a position for future success.
The mayor is also working to launch a major initiative around college access. He believes in order for the city to be successful in the 21st century, we must work to provide educational opportunity for all of our youth.
The Status of Women
Mayor Tubbs kicked off the Status of Women Report this year as well. The idea was originally developed by his now wife Anna Malaika Nti-Asare Tubbs. Missing from the conversation here in Stockton and the overall San Joaquin valley is the issues facing women. This report will be released in the spring of 2018 will bring the challenges women face to the forefront. The general outline of the report can be found here: State of Women