February 9th, 2007 5:33 pm | by Isaac Kaplan-woolner News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

From Idle to Idol: New PP&R After-School Programs Offered


What is the best way to keep teens safe and active? Ask American Idol's Simon Cowell, apparently. At least according to a new Portland Parks and Recreation program, that is.

PP&R is offering a “Teen Idol” competition as one of a slew of new after-school programs designed to give kids something to do besides peddle Ritalin or shoplift after class. The teen talent search kicks off in March. It is expected to be one of the most popular offerings.
Other options include outdoor adventure trips, gardening clubs, sports, art programs and more. But what could really compete with the chance to be crowned “Portland's Teen Idol”?

The new PP&R programs come in response to the Children's Bill of Rights, drafted by hundreds of area kids last June. Maybe there was a hidden clause protecting the right to off-key diva-ism.

Funding comes by way of the Portland City Council, who allocated $500,000 in special funding to “expand programs aimed at keeping teens safe and active.”

No word yet on who would fill the judge's shoes. But WW has a few nominations: Who better to comfort a crying loser than Grandpa Potter, filling Paula Abdul's ever-placating heels? We'd like to see Randy Leonard as Randy “Good Job, Dog” Jackson. And, of course, WW's own Byron “Brutal Honesty” Beck to take Simon Cowell's King Bitch throne.
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