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Charlotte, NC – What do teens in Charlotte think about unhealthy relationships, bullying, teen violence, gang activity and other hot topics? What can teens tell us about how to deal with these issues and how to help them make informed choices? These kinds of questions will be tackled in the first of the 2010 Teen Summits on Thursday, March 11, 5:30pm-7:30pm at Southview Recreation Center, 1720 Vilma St. This event is open to teens, ages 11-17, and parents.

Teen Summits, begun in 2007, have proved to be an important forum for teenagers to express views and share feelings in a positive way. The summits are sponsored by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, Parent University, and CBS Radio Station WPEG-FM, Power 98’s “Morning MadHouse.” After this year’s kick-off summit at Southview Recreation Center, other summits will be held through November. They will include professional speakers, drama presentations, exhibitors, teen talent, performances, contests, spoken word, door prizes, food and fun. Additional summits are scheduled at for:
  • May 13 at Albemarle Road Recreation Center, 5027 Idlewild Rd. North
  • July 8 Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center, 440 Tuckaseegee Rd.
  • September 9 at Greenville Recreation Center, 1330 Spring St.
  • November 11 Sugaw Creek Recreation Center, 943 W. Sugar Creek Rd.

The summits run 5:30pm-7:30pm. They will focus on many issues and choices facing teens in the community today. They aim to provide information that will encourage teens to make informed choices.