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Teens discuss issues at Town Hall
Posted Date: 2/8/2013
Kim Bauman  

TEMPE, Ariz. – More than 100 youth and community leaders will exchange ideas and propose solutions for issues facing young people at Tempe’s 33rd annual Youth Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Westside Community Center, 715 W. Fifth St.

Youth Town Hall, which is presented by the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission (MYAC), gives youth the opportunity to have direct impact on policies affecting them. Middle and high school students in Tempe participate in the policy-making process by engaging in dialogue with community decision makers, including school board members, business leaders and public service agencies. Recommendations from the Youth Town Hall are submitted to the Mayor and City Council for possible action or policy change.

The topics to be discussed at this year’s event are teen healthy relationships, school transitions and career planning, and teen volunteerism and civic engagement. Past Youth Town Hall events have resulted in the formation of youth programs such as teen leadership training, school-based counseling and life skills groups, school-based after school prevention programs, violence prevention programs and daycare for teen parents attending school.

Last year’s recommendations on bullying, driving and pedestrian safety, and preventing marijuana use can be found in the 2012 Youth Town Hall Report at