Issues confronting our youth to be discussed Dec. 10

By Martin Graham -

Several organizers have rescheduled a town hall forum to discuss issues facing the youth of this community.

The Warehouse Youth Center, located on South Elm Street in Washington C.H., will host interested residents at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10. The forum was originally scheduled for Oct. 13, but had to be postponed.

Whether to discuss options to excite the youth about local politics and issues, or to provide an atmosphere for ideas that can help entertain the youth, or just to get feedback, this forum is the perfect time to bring up these topics.

“I was in the hospital and was pretty sick for about three weeks and during the heart of the election, we just couldn’t get any sort of reschedule down,” said Trent Dye, who was recently elected to Washington C.H. City Council. “I wanted to do this forum regardless of the outcome of the elections. With having been elected, ideas that we come up with will hopefully find their way into the council discussions.”

Dye said the forum will be helpful because the youth are the community’s next leaders, doctors, lawyers and voting citizens. This line of reasoning has led him to come up with a few ideas that he thinks would greatly benefit the youth of the community.

“Somethings that we want to highlight during the forum are efforts in the city that help youth,” Dye said. “The Warehouse (a local youth center) will discuss a little about what they do and what they offer to the city’s kids. Other ideas I would like to bring up include possibly starting a youth council that helps to guide the council in ideas concerning youth, and other ideas to interest youth in government and politics.”

The forum is open to the community, including high school students who would like to come on their own as well as younger children who want to attend with parents.

“One thing I have noticed after talking with some people and that I noticed myself, the council meetings are more formatted than other meetings,” Dye said. “I think that sometimes people won’t really tell the council what they want to during those kind of meetings. I would love, several times a year, to hold these forums. Just getting the discussion started will help considerably.”

The event is going to be sponsored by Streetside 62, Bell’s Service Station, Back En Thyme, SuperSport Barber Shop, Gold Standard Cleaning and Point Realty. These businesses have donated several items, including food and some giveaway door prize items.

By Martin Graham

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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