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ANOTHER TEEN SUMMIT SEEKS DIALOGUE ON GANGS, VIOLENCE ON APRIL 9 AT NAOMI DRENAN RECREATION CENTER

March 18, 2009

Charlotte, NC – Teens speak out about gangs and talk frankly about how to prevent violence. Many young people have thoughtful and incisive ideas about these problems, which are the topic of in the next of a series of “Teen Summits: Youth Against Violence and Gangs,”on Thursday evening April 9, 2009, 5:30-8pm at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center, 750 Beal Street. The event invites teens and parents to come and participate.

These Teen Summits are for boys and girls, ages 11-17.  The series scheduled has intensified now  with one discussion a month from now through November.

With gang activity on the rise, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Parent University of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, and WPEG-FM, Power 98 have organized the series of  Teen Summits to continue open and honest dialogue with teens. Additional Teen Summits are scheduled for 5:30pm-8pm at the following dates and locations

  • May 14:  Ivory-Baker Recreation Center, 1920 Stroud Park Ct.
  • June 13:  Hickory Grove Recreation Center, 6709 Pence Rd. 
  • July 9:  Sugar Creek Recreation Center, 943 West Sugar Creek Rd. 
  • August 13:  Arbor Glen Recreation Center, 1520 Clanton Rd. 
  • September 10:  Bette Rae Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Rd. 
  • October 8:  Methodist Home Recreation Center, 3200 Shamrock Dr.
  • November 12:  Tuckaseegee Recreation Center, 4820 Tuckaseegee Rd.

Each summit will focus on resolving issues facing teens such as gangs, dating violence, substance abuse, and providing teens a voice to articulate issues in their community. Radio personalities from WPEG-FM, Power 98 will moderate the events: Janine Davis, No Limit Larry and Tone X from the Morning Madhouse radio show.  These teen summits are important because many parents, community advocates and leaders ask why our teens act so poorly. But seldom do adults and leaders reach out to teens to get answers from THEM. The summits create this opportunity for a real dialogue.




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