Bronx Youth Speak Out on Mental Health

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Contacts:
Ellen Lubell – (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan – (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

Students Select 5 Top Issues to Share with Elected Officials and Other Youth

When:
Saturday, November 19, 2005
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
10:00 – 10:45 - Youth spokespeople available
10:45 – 11:30 - Workshop on Unhealthy vs. Healthy Relationships
11:30 – 12:30 – Workshops with smaller groups
12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch
1:30 – 2:00 – Morning debriefing
2:00 – 3:00 – Panel discussion with elected officials

Where:
Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
1021 Jennings Street, near Boone Avenue
Bronx, NY

What:
Bronx pre-teens and teens have designed a special one-day conference, Our Issues, Our Voice: Bronx Youth Speak on Mental Health, a culmination of a year’s worth of research and planning. Approximately 200 youth from across the city will gather in the Bronx on a Saturday to discuss crucial issues.

The Bronx Youth Council of The Children’s Aid Society identified five urgent issues they feel are the most important to their peers: Unhealthy Relationships, Teen Pregnancy, Gang Violence, Teen Suicide, and Victimization and Bullying.

An executive summary of a forthcoming report will be available at the conference. In the report, the youth offer their recommendations on each of the issues to various stakeholders: other youth, schools, parents, community based organizations (CBOs) and elected officials.

The assembled youth will have the chance to present their recommendations to elected officials in person on Saturday. New York State Assemblyman Peter Rivera, New York State Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr. and New York City Council Member Annabel Palma will all participate in the afternoon’s panel. Dr. Angela Diaz, president of The Children’s Aid Society’s Board, and other senior CAS staff, will also participate in the panel.

The Children’s Aid Society was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-sectarian agencies, serving over 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. For additional information please call 212-949-4938 or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.