What many of us call Youth Voice is a key underpinning to positive youth development as well as an essential element to public discourse on important issues. It is vital that we invite young people participate as equals with adults in the give and take of policymaking.
Carver initiated a quarterly series of Youth Forums last January, the first Forum having Norwalk middle and high school students discussing the rise and persistence of the so-called Achievement Gap.
The second Forum on Thursday, April 26th, 26, 4-5:30 pm, in Norwalk’s ’s auditorium will invite students from Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and Norwalk to discuss the personal obstacles and opportunities impacting their education.
Maggie Gordon of the Stamford Advocate will moderate this diverse student panel discussion of issues such as bullying, stereotyping, peer pressure, positive role models, racism, poverty, and integrity.
The student panelists are Abby Herman, Will Cuoco, Zoe Calahan, Jack Feely, Kaitlin Scott, Tyron Bullock, Daniela Arbelaez, Venise Louis, and Meschac Casimir. The adult “Listening” panelists will include Craig Baker, Domus Foundation Director of Education; Richard Fuller, Jr., Norwalk High School teacher; Lauren Rosato, President of the Norwalk Education Foundation; and others. More than 500 students and interested area citizens will be attending.
This Forum is conducted in partnership with LEAP who recruited and prepared the
participating youth. LEAP is a leadership education program designed to join individuals and organizations from three culturally and socio-economically disparate groups to affect change throughout the world. Using a diverse, collaborative, experiential curriculum, LEAP trains and empowers individuals to meet their potential as leaders and philanthropists.
When youth are given influential leadership roles many meaningful benefits accrue to adults, organizations and communities as well as contribute to the positive development of the young people themselves. Organizations do well to devote consistent and serious thought and planning to involving youth in truly meaningful ways beyond mere token youth representation.
Please join us for this second Youth Forum series and see and hear for yourself.