I think neighborhoods should support their local children. I want a program in place in every neighborhood in America to start intentionally and seriously supporting the kids. Whether that means scholarships or job opportunities or simply a hand in building their dream soap box derby car. We need to take a fresh look at the neighborhood dynamic and make it much more robust. It's one of the first places that you can truly see community development really work. Kids first, though. Neighborhood councils are a great place to start. Must be apolitical.
First thing would be to simply get to know the kids themselves. Have a meet your neighborhood kids night. Make a website for them to post their questions and progress as they grow. If someone is interested in playing guitar, neighbor loans one. If they need money for a school project, neighbors provide work to do for money. Support your local kid. Seriously.