ERIC Number: ED408049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Minnesota's Youth Speak Out: Report of the "Listen '95: Kids Can't Wait" Conference (St. Paul, Minnesota, March 27, 1995).
Webb, Marcus; Marsh, Dianne
This report of the "Listen '95: Kids Can't Wait" conference presents the lives and concerns of Minnesota youth as described by the youth who participated in it. The issues of alcohol and drug abuse, violence, and education were the top concerns of the youth that participated in the first statewide conference in 1994. In focusing on these issues, participants at the 1995 conference were encouraged to seek solutions and ways they could take action. The solutions proposed included: (1) providing young people with more activities and places to go to help them stay away from using alcohol or drugs; (2) taking into account young people's suggestions on the issue of violence; and (3) promoting the participation of youth on school boards to make sure young people's voices are being heard. From the concerns and ideas articulated by conference participants, the Action for Children Youth Advisory Council developed a series of recommendations for dealing with drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and problems in education. These recommendations range from keeping community centers, arcades, and movie theaters open later to give bored youth an alternative to alcohol and drug use, to pressuring the media to stop promoting violence and establishing a school voucher system. (AA)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Alcohol Abuse, Community Development, Crime, Delinquency Prevention, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Improvement, Peer Relationship, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, Sexuality, 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