ERIC Number: ED408048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Voices of Minnesota Youth. A Report of the "Listen '94: Kids Can't Wait" Conference. (St. Paul, Minnesota, March 14, 1994).
Marsh, Dianne G.
This report of the "Listen '94: Kids Can't Wait" conference presents the lives and concerns of Minnesota youth as described by the 150 youth who participated in it. The purpose of the conference was to collect ideas about concerns of youth and to seek solutions, encourage youth to take action on issues concerning them, give youth ideas and opportunities for becoming more involved in the political process, and inform officials and other adults that youth want to be a part of the decision-making process. The top concerns expressed by youth at the conference were, in order of priority: (1) alcohol and drugs; (2) violence and crime; (3) discrimination; (4) pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; (5) lack of funding for education; (6) poverty; (7) relationships with family, friends, and community members; (8) school problems ranging from bad teachers and racism to boredom and dropping out; (9) sexual harassment; and (10) lack of student involvement. Each of the top 10 issues identified is presented along with suggested solutions. Also summarized are discussions about what youth like about their communities and what policy-makers should know about youth. (AA)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Alcohol Abuse, Community Development, Crime, Decision Making, Delinquency Prevention, Disadvantaged Youth, Interpersonal Relationship, Peer Relationship, Pregnancy, Racial Discrimination, Resource Materials, Sexuality, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Social Problems, Substance Abuse, Violence, Well Being, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Action for Children Commission, St. Paul, MN.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Planning, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota