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Conference Presents Non-stereotypical View of Youth
15 May 2001
On May fifth, Boston-area teens came together to voice their opinions about issues affecting themselves.
On Saturday May 5th close to a thousand Boston youth and adult supporters converged near Copley Square for Teen Empowerment's ninth Annual "The Truth From Youth" Conference.
The day began with a resource fair featuring a huge range of local organizations committed to promoting youth issues and helping youth in Boston, as well as a 'hip-hop lunch' where attendees had a chance to mingle and listen to music while eating.
After the main presentations, including a mock game show raising issues ranging from interracial dating to police brutality as well as music and speeches by youth promoters involved with Teen Empowerment, the entire audience broke into smaller groups for the "Community Dialogue Sessions." Participants interacted in various ways, exploring issues important to Boston youth and getting to know each other.
the entire conference was organized and implemented by about a hundred teen organizers form around Boston, and included the presentation of a set of demands that those involved have for the improvement of the conditions for youth in Boston, focusing on police-youth interactions, like the development of workshops for police and youth to exchange their points of view, and academic issues in public schools, such as an immediate cessation of MCAS testing.
This powerful presentation a positive youth image quite different from that held in larger society followed a week after the Peace Games Festival, focusing on elementary and middle-school peacemakers in Boston, and preceding the first shooting death of a juvenile this year in Boston
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