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Wed, 12/31/2014 - 10:29am by Steve Cusumano

Ferguson Commission Announces Youth Summit in January

First meeting of 2015 will focus on listening to hopes, concerns of region’s young people

ST. LOUIS - The Ferguson Commission will next focus its efforts on the issues facing those under 25 in the St. Louis region at a youth summit on Saturday, Jan. 10.

The Commission invites those from 14 - 24 years of age to share their thoughts on what it takes for young people to learn, grow and thrive in their communities, schools and families.

“We are committed to listening to all the voices in our community – especially those of the youth,” said Commission Co-Chairs Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure. “In the past year, the young people in our region have forced the St. Louis area – and the nation – to look deeply at issues in our society. They are not only the future of our region, but their voices are critical in creating positive, long-term change.”

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley’s Student Center, 3400 Pershall Road, St. Louis 63135.

Participants may register by calling 314-726-2179 or emailing contact@stlpositivechange.org by Thursday, Jan. 8. Lunch will be provided.

The Commission is an empowered, independent and diverse group that is studying the underlying social and economic conditions underscored by unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown. Members include: co-chairs Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure, managing director and commissioner emeritus Bethany Johnson-Javois, and commissioners Kevin Ahlbrand, Rasheen Aldridge, Jr., the Rev. Traci Blackmon, T.R. Carr, Gabriel E. Gore Jr., Dan Isom II, Becky James-Hatter, Scott Negwer, Brittany Packnett, Felicia Pulliam, Patrick Sly, Grayling Tobias and Rose Windmiller.