Students will Speak Out at Youth Summit Thursday

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Students ages 11 to 19 will speak to county representatives during a Youth Summit Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Silver Spring.

This is the fourth year Montgomery Recreation is hosting the event, which was county executive Isaiah Leggett’s brainchild.

“This is their opportunity to bring up issues that are important to them,” said Carmen Berrios, spokesperson for Montgomery Recreation.

During previous youth summits, students have discussed issues ranging from public transportation to school lunches, and school-bus schedules, according to Berrios.

Radio morning host Joe Clair from WPGC 95.5 will emcee the event and the following individuals were selected to sit on a panel:

  • County Executive Isaiah Leggett 
  • Assistant Police Chief Marcus Jones 
  • Joseph Hooks of the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Charisse Scott of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs 
  • Dr. Jonathan Brice and June Zillich of the MCPS Office of Student & Family Support & Engagement 
  • Jeffrey Walker of the Latin American Youth Center 
  • Elijah Wheeler, Jr. Of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council 
  • Eric Rasch of the Silver Spring Regional Services Center

The Board of Elections, Montgomery County Public Libraries, the Recreation Department, and the City of Takoma Park will set up tables following the panel to connect students with the resources they offer.

Nonprofit organizations, including Identity and the Latin American Youth Center, will also have tables.

The summit will take place at the Silver Spring Civic Building at 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. Students can earn Service-Learning hours by participating.

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