Friday March 13, 2009
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
If you were faced with an opportunity, would you know the right choices to make? How does your attitude affect the day to day problems you encounter? How well do you interact with your friends or perfect strangers? These are all important questions facing young people in Metro Louisville.
These questions and many others are the focus of a Youth Summit sponsored by the Shawnee Weed and Seed committee and Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D -5).
“It’s important the community continue to have an honest dialogue with young people about the world today and the consequences of their actions whether positive or negative,” says Hamilton. “The presenters we have at this year’s Summit are from all walks of life and our focus is to get good discussions about how to deal with youth and family issues and prevent juvenile violence.”
The theme of the Youth Summit is “Seize the Opportunity: How do YOU Get There from Here?” It is set for Saturday, April 4th at the Shawnee Community Center, 607 South 37th Street from 9:30am to 3:30pm.
“We are inviting Middle School and high School students to come out and spend a Saturday that may give some guidance , answer some questions and help them along the way,” says Hamilton.
The Summit will break out in group sessions through the day. Among the topics; Conflict Resolution, Anger and Violence Prevention, “It’s your Choice”; “Girl Talk – Developing Healthy Relationships & Self Esteem in a Hip Hop World”, “From Boyz 2 Men – a Man to Man conversation” and “Opportunity: What’s Education got to do with it?.
“In the era of President and Michelle Obama, we want to help young people challenge their present circumstances and reach their goals,” says Hamilton.
Some of the presenters are: Dr. Adewale Troutman, Director of the Metro Public Health and Wellness Department: Louisville Metro Police 2nd Division Commander, Major Yvette Gentry, Shawn Gardner, 2 not 1 Fatherhood &Families; Dr. Kevin Chapman, University of Louisville; Joann Rowan, Center for Women and Families, T’shombi Basemore, Fox 41 Videographer. Invited guest include Spike Davis and Angel McCoughtry.
The Youth Summit will also offer a program for adults in the morning from 10:00am to 11:30am. “Parent Roundtable” will discuss improving relationships within families. Parents will have a chance to get answers to their questions about how to connect with their son or daughter and improve communications and their overall approach to being a good parent.
“The Shawnee Weed and Seed Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Subcommittee is to be commended for spearheading this juvenile crime prevention effort,” says Hamilton. “As the Weed and Seed Committee works to improve the Shawnee Neighborhood and community, we know how important our children are as our future leaders, homeowners and businessmen and women.”
Signed parental/guardian permission is required. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Door prizes will be awarded
For more information about the 2009 Youth Summit, contact Councilwoman Hamilton’s office at 574-1105.
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5