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ERIC Number: EJ790704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Somerville Youth Council
Owadokun, Remi Manoela; Aviles, Pearlie
New Directions for Youth Development, n106 p85-90 Sum 2005
In the Fall of 2004, after many years of discussion by adults in the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, the Somerville Youth Council started. For several months, a youth planning group met weekly to craft the mission of the council and the by-laws. There was a critical need to create a process to enable youth of the city to explore possible solutions to the challenges that youth encounter. The voice of youth is needed in the community building process. Equally important is including those voices in journals that discuss youth development. Two of the youth who have been part of the Council process contributed to this chapter. Remi Manoela Owadokun was one of the founders who worked on the development of the group. She has since joined her mother in Nigeria and is now forming a youth council in her community there. Pearlie Aviles continues as an active youth member. Both members have been outspoken about their support for youth having a voice and stepped up to be writers and speakers, promoting the council. Although the Youth Council is still new, the members have designed a survey that is about to be distributed to teens throughout the city, they are meeting with the mayor on a monthly basis discussing youth issues, and are sending a proposal to a state agency to manage funds that will be distributed to youth programs in the city for community service projects. The mission of the Somerville Youth Council is to create an ongoing process of discussion, critical thinking, and problem-solving to develop solutions to the challenges that youth encounter. In order to be an effective voice for youth, the Somerville Youth Council will have a diverse membership, will develop expectations of mutual understanding and respect, and will ensure that the means of communication builds bridges between youth, decision makers, and all others in Somerville.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts