At teen summit, tough isn’t cool (N&R)

Teens across Guilford County used the Halloween/school holiday/teacher workday to gather at the Greensboro Coliseum for a youth summit, and they heard a familiar message from various speakers: say no to drugs, sex and gangs–say yes to knowledge and education.

See this excerpt from the News & Record story:

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Councilwoman T. Dianne Bellamy-Small encouraged the students to take an interest in their community — and to make their parents pay attention as well.

“If your parents aren’t going to vote, you need to tell them to go and be your voice until you can vote,” Bellamy-Small said. “And come down to the council meetings and tell us what you need, what your interests are.”

Politically, I’m probably not a real big fan of Ms. Bellamy-Small, but her message resonated with some in the audience:

Montez Kimber , an 11-year-old student at the Academy at Lincoln , said she was inspired by Bellamy-Small.

“I felt like she was a good example, coming out here and caring about what we think and what we say,” Kimber said. “The other council members didn’t do that, but she made us feel special. And she made me want to organize people at my school to go to council meetings, to let them know what we need too.”

Among Kimber’s main concerns: drugs and gang affiliation among her peers, even as early as middle school.

“I’ve seen kids showing gang signs, drug dealing, people getting into fights and claiming they bring weapons to school,” Kimber said. “That’s not what we should be doing. We need to have our minds on getting an education.”

E.C. 🙂


One Response

  1. Great post…thx for exposing what was going on. I really like these types of events where we give back to our children.


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