Youth summit sees a post-election spike
December 13th, 2016
Organizers of the “WE Schools” youth summit held in Chicago over the weekend had anticipated about 100 teens attending.
Registration opened a few days before the Nov. 8 election, when there were 70 young people signed up. Three days later, there were 384.
“We were surprised,” said Francie Richards, director of WE Charity, which sponsored the event. “We credit the presidential election and young people wanting to do something positive to help.”
The organization flew in staff members from other states and enlisted City Year members to help facilitate discussions.
The day-long event at Lincoln Park High School drew teens from 30 schools from all over Chicago and some suburbs.
LaRoyce Hawkins, a star on NBC’s “Chicago P.D.,” spoke about living your life powerfully. Students also sat in on discussions about mental health, gender rights, international development, human rights, clean water, education, violence, literacy, the environment and handicap accessibility.
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