Youth 4 Change Teens Get Political

Thursday, August 12, 2010


All five Mayoral Candidates will be attending a forum Thursday afternoon to discuss all of the important topics in this upcoming election—from education reform to police-civilian relations. This, however, is not your typical Mayoral Forum - it is organized and run by the city’s teens.

This first-time event is sponsored by Youth 4 Change Alliance, (Y4C), a coalition between five youth organizations in Providence—Direct Action for Rights and Equality, the District-Wide Student Government, the Providence Youth Student Movement, Young Voices and Youth in Action. The Mayoral Forum was organized almost entirely by teens who hope that their voices and needs will be addressed by Providence’s next mayor.

One of Y4C’s major focuses will be getting the mayoral candidates to support and sign their Youth Bill of Rights, a platform that addresses issues faced by Providence’s youth:  the right to civic engagement, education, accessible transportation, a safe environment, jobs and employment.

“Youth 4 Change Alliance means to me, a change in the community for the youth. It also means a chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself,” said Y4C Summer Intern Elisa Calderon,  “and help out not only your peers now, but also your peers of the future.”

The Mayoral Forum will be held August 12, 2010 from 3:30 - 6:00 pm. It will take place at the PAIS/Health and Science High School, 182 Thurbers Ave, Providence.


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