In February of 2007 students from the Health and Science Academy at Eastern High School helped to facilitate the Citizens MPD 1D 2007 Crime Summit. The goals laid out were to work on global solutions to narcotics, nuisance crimes, robbery, and how youth in our communities are involved in these public safety issues. It was this last topic that peaked the interest of 10 dynamic Health Academy students from Eastern High School. Students sat with then 1D Commander Diane Groomes and discussed their perspective on many issues and became most outspoken when the discussion turned to teen involvement in crime. These 10 teens decided that it was important that they have input into their community and began to meet on a regular basis to organize and hold their own tee crime summit.
The event became known as Teen Summit: LIVE (Living in a violent environment). The event focused on the dangers and challenges of living in a violent environment and what local teens can do to help. The day resulted in open dialogue between youth, local MPD, and concerned and interested community members. Mayor Fenty and Councilman Tommy Wells came to support the event and Mayor Fenty also read the proclamation that May 5th would be Youth Against Crime Day. This years focus is serving to not only address the problem of violence, but also education, college preparation, youth employment, parental involvement, community based partnerships, teen pregnancy, and HIV awareness amongst other issues.
It will likely be called Teen Citizen Summit II: Peace Across the Streets. The Teen Citizen Summit II will take place May 3, 2008 8:30-4:30p.m. The place is still to be determined. We hope to have 250 teens participate. For further information you can email us at this site until we confirm that yahoo group email sites are allowed.
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