Youth take center stage at poverty forum
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. Jasmine Murphy (10th grade) talked about how the prison industrial complex has impacted her life and Summer Burgess (10th grade) expressed her concern that the community is not doing enough to prevent teen pregnancy or support teens who are already pregnant. Rick Wilson with AFSC's WV Economic Justice Project outlined how the Governor's prison reform bill is a good step towards addressing the massive prison population in West Virginia. School board members, state Senators, and a county commissioner were present to respond to the concerns.