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.
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.
Believing All Is Possible (BAPS) participant Jasmine speaks with a reporter inside the West Virginia Capitol Building in Charleston, WV.
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.
Young leaders in Logan, W.Va., honored Black History Month this year by hosting a youth program at Logan High School Little Theatre on Feb. 19, 2013. Over 50 community members were in attendance.
Performances included a poetry reading of "America" by Maya Angelou, presentation of excerpts from President Obama's 2013 inauguration speech, a powerpoint presentation on African American innovators, and speeches summarizing student interviews of local human rights heroes.
The summer of 2010, the Youth Empowerment through Conflict Resolution Program expanded its conflict resolution and mediation training to middle school students at the Higher Achievement Program’s 6 week summer learning program. Mediation helped resolve conflicts not only between scholars, but between scholars and staff. In 7/8 of the mediations, the situation was resolved. None of the disputants needed further mediation.
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