FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Live Youth Forum Event in Portland, OR. November 20th 2014
American SPCC (American Society for the Positive Care of Children), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit child advocacy organization hosts on November 20, 2014, a publicly open town hall-style Youth Forum, “Listening to Youth-Driven Solutions on Universal Children’s Day.”
Portland, Oregon — November 5, 2014 – American SPCC’s Youth Forum, “Listening to Youth-Driven Solutions on Universal Children’s Day” will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at Mercy Corps in downtown Portland, OR. Up to 175 youth and adults, including many youth leaders, will gather to give presentations and participate in a town hall-style meeting. The focus of discussion will be the concerns of local youth and the potential strategies for addressing them.
Oregon State Representative, Alissa Keny-Guyer, and Tonia Hunt, executive director of Children First For Oregon, will present information on the welfare of children, youth and families in Oregon. Sidney Morgan of the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, will discuss juvenile justice and racial disparities in our community, and explain how a restorative justice approach enables students and youth to take responsibility for their behavior, repair relationships, and increases the likelihood of academic and vocational success. Miss Portland’s Outstanding Teen 2014, Arianna Webb, will co-emcee the event.
Key policy concerns and potential solutions will also be presented by a number of local youth-led organizations, Oregon Foster Youth Connection, Multnomah Youth Commissioners, Youth Ending Slavery, Momentum Alliance, and Youth Representatives from LEP Charter High School. These youth advocates will address several key topics: Foster Youth Priorities, Bullying, Teen Depression & Suicide, Public Transit Fairness & Safety, Human Trafficking, Social Justice Youth Leadership and Health Care for all Children, Restorative Justice: Repairing relationships in schools and communities.
At this event, youth and local residents can learn from youth-led presentations, speak from an open mic, participate in a dialogue with elected officials and youth advocates, as we work together to put the CRC and “The Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of the City of Portland and Multnomah County” into practice. More information at: http://www.americanspcc.org/community/youth-forum/
About American SPCC
American SPCC was founded in 2011. We envision a society that understands the value of investing in the time, resources, and creative solutions necessary to enhance the positive care of children and raise future generations of healthy, productive citizens. American SPCC is devoted to building an active, caring community advocating for children’s rights and the welfare of families by increasing awareness of child abuse, promoting positive parenting, and offering anti-bullying strategies.