Speech at the Kings County Democratic Dinner

May 20, 1965


We know that crime reaches its peak in the summer months, when young people are out of school and too often out of work as well. A summer job—a useful activity—an opportunity to earn money for food, and clothing, and entertainment—can make the difference between a boy who will go on to finish school and contribute to the community—and a boy who will be a constant threat and a burden to the community all his life. When these boys are lost, we are the losers. The federal government has to act. The State and the City have to act. But all their activity, and all these programs come down to one question: will this boy, this real individual standing in front of us, get a job?