10-08-2013, 12:17 AM
((Sure, but this is my last post tonight))
Senator Taylor was a older woman in her early 60s with black/grey hair and horn-rimmed glasses. She took some papers with her to the stand and cleared her throat, "Ahem. I am here to speak about the success of The Program in America and about The Program high school transitional stage.
Since The Program has started, suicide rates have declined immensely. Over 50,000 American teenagers have already completed The Program, over a thousand of those from Chicago and it's surrounding area. Another 40,000 American teens are currently taking part in The Program as we speak. That is 90,000 at-risk teens who will be saved. Yes, The Program is not perfect and some of the out-patients may have still had issues upon returning, but statistics show that out of the 50,000 who have completed, less than 10% have experienced or shown any sign of depression or suicidal thoughts. A 90% success rate is very impressive.
Success stories of individuals are too abundant to really delve to much into. One recent success is a young girl named Olivia Bennett, who had actually decided to enroll herself in The Program on the very first day it had opened. She is nearly ready to be re-enrolled in Lincoln Park High School as a 9th grader, and at the transitional high school she has shown a great deal of leadership and is truly a completely different person than she was upon entering. She's outspoken, very happy, and makes friends easily now, whereas when she came into The Program she was pretty much the exact opposite.
The transitional high school is working well. It contains a reintegration course, which teaches the out-patients how to deal with life on the outside and we believe it works wonderfully. It takes more time for some than others, but with the transitional high school and the Community Center, reintegration isn't all too difficult for teens.
For the sake of the children, we must keep The Program. We are continuing to improve it to make things even easier for kids. The way it is now isn't necessarily perfect, but it is on it's way there. If we remove it now, we will only cause more harm. That is all from me, thank you."
She left the stand and sat down beside Hatton.