Young people: Speak up

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Today, beginning at 5 p.m., young people in Selma will have a chance to speak their mind.

Mayor James Perkins Jr. is holding a town hall meeting at the Carl Morgan Convention Center. Those in grades 5 through 8 are encouraged to attend, along with parents, teachers and representatives of youth service organizations.

The meetings are designed to hear what young people have to say about

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where they live, and how the grownups can improve on it, according to the mayor.

Just last week, we saw the results of one such youth who chose to speak up.

Because a local teen went to the city and requested a skate park, it has now become a reality next to Memorial Stadium.

Perkins said he wants to hear from young people, particularly about the city’s recreation programs and activities available to them.

“Over the past two years alone, the city spent over $1.5 million on youth recreation programs. Yet, our young people are saying they have nothing to do,” Perkins said.

Grades 9-12 are scheduled to meet April 10, and young adults ages 19-25 are scheduled to meet with the mayor on April 17. Each of the meeting are set for 5 p.m. and each will be held at the convention center.

If you have concerns, this is your chance to speak up. Take advantage of the opportunity and come out to the convention center today.