Ciara and Jimetta, Appalachia Center for Equality youth leaders, speak to Beth Vorhees on the WV Morning radio show about their advocacy for sex education classes as a solution to high teen pregnancy rates in Logan County.
Believing All is Possible (BAPS) youth leaders from Logan County will lead a Help Increase the Peace workshop with elementary and middle school students in McDowell County, as part of the Sky's the Limit summer program.
Youth leaders from Logan, WV addressed the Senate Select Committee on Child Poverty on July 23, 2013. Scroll to the 31:35 mark to see Kristiana Drummer (11th grade) talk about juvenile justice reform, Jimetta Early (12th grade) talk about early childhood development, and Ciara Campbell (12th grade) talk about the need for sex education classes in order to prevent teen pregnancy. After they spoke, Senator Unger and Senator Stollings praised them for their leadership.
Youth leaders from St. Louis; New Orleans; Greensboro, N.C.: Washington, D.C.; and Logan, W.Va., were hosted by the D.C. Peace and Economic Justice Program for a weeklong Human Rights Summit in Washington in June 2013.
Together the youth explored the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights, conducted research on a human rights issue in their respective community, and helped one another prepare for meetings with their Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.
Senate Committee on Child Poverty Meets in Logan
On Tuesday July 23rd at 7pm in Room 101A at Southern WV Community and Technical College, the WV Senate Select Committee on Child Poverty will be having a town hall meeting to hear from families and advocates about what the pressing issues are in Logan and the surrounding counties. Youth members of the Appalachian Center for Equality youth leadership group BAPS (Believing All is Possible!) will be among those speaking to the committee.
Members of the BAPS (Believing All is Possible!) youth leadership program in Logan, West Virginia were front and center at a community forum about child poverty in March 2013. Sponsored by AFSC and a dozen other organizations, the forum focused on prison overcrowding, teen pregnancy prevention, family violence prevention, and parent education. Advocates as well as people impacted by poverty spoke.
In late February Kyra Wells, a sophomore at Logan High School in West Virginia, was at the State Capitol, meeting with staff of Governor Tomblin. She brought up an issue that is on her mind and on the minds of many of her peers in rural Appalachia: teen pregnancy.
“A lot of young women are getting pregnant,” Kyra said. “What could you do to prevent it?”
On March 5th, youth leaders of EPIC (Empowered Prioritized Intelligent Chicks) of Sherman High School in Boone County, West Virginia advocated for the Employment and Housing Nondiscrimination Act (EHNDA) at the State Capitol. Frustrated about bullying and discrimination around sexual orientation at their high school, they learned about advocacy at the state level in order to make change locally.
On February 26th, 2013 BAPS youth leadership group, a program of the American Friends Service Committee, traveled to the State Capitol for Kids and Families Day, to participate in the kickoff of the statewide child poverty campaign, Our Children, Our Future: The Campaign to End Child Poverty.
At Kids and Families Day at State Capitol ready to speak up about poverty
Addiction? Incarceration? Unemployment? Obesity? All these issues stem from vulnerable families trying to get by on a wage that is not live-able or in communities where jobs are scarce. In 1970, the median job paid roughly $20/hour. Today, it's less than half that. Our country can thrive when people have the means to rise out of poverty.
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