6th District Youth Forum takes place Friday

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6th-district-youth-forumSixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, along with Long Beach City College, Long Beach Weed & Seed, Long Beach GRIP, Peace Partners, The California Conference for Equality and Justice, and California Families In Focus is hosting a 6th District Youth Forum, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, on Friday, September 18th, at Long Beach City College, Women/Men’s Resource Center, 1305 East Pacific Coast Hwy.

Over 200 youth, ages ranging from 12-18 years old (6th – 12th grades) are expected to join Councilman Andrews at this 2nd Annual 6th District Youth Forum. The purpose of this event is to empower our youth to become leaders in their community and educate them about the needed resources to further their education. “Our neighborhoods are flooded with future leaders and the intention of this forum is to supply these leaders a positive way to lead”, Said Councilman Andrews.

Participants will be invited to join in a series of “learning circles” for the purpose of connecting with local resources they need to succeed in school or work; to provide them an open forum for discussion regarding the challenges and opportunities they face; and to hear inspiring messages of peace and personal achievement and leadership.

Special guest speaker is Rueben Martinez, an award-winning journalist, author and musician. His essays, opinions and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Salon, Village Voice, The Nation, Spin, Sojourners, and Mother Jones, among others. As a political commentator, he has appeared on ABC’s Nightline and Politically Incorrect, PBS’s Frontline, NPR’s All Things Considered, and on CNN. He received an Emmy Award for hosting PBS-affiliate KCET-TV’s Life & Times. As a musician, Martinez has been featured on albums by Concrete Blonde, Los Illegals, and the Roches, and he is currently at work on a solo album.

Keynote Speakers at the 6th District Youth Forum will include special pro skater guest Matt Ball. If you don’t know him, ask a skater or go online. He skates for Birdhouse Skateboards and is an established member of their pro team, appearing in skate films like Birdhouse’s The Beginning and the new released It’s Always Sunnies in Australia.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to speak at the Youth Forum”, says Matt. “Being a professional skateboarder has taught me a great deal about motivation and being a leader in my sport that I hope to share with the group”, continued Matt.

In addition to Matt Ball, Hit Man Bikes, BMX pro rider Ben Snowden and Etnies BMX Team Manager and former pro BMX rider, John Povah, will be speaking on the importance of health, focus dedication, education and commitment.

This is a free event. Pre-registration is required and parking is $1.00. Call (562) 570-6816 for more information about the 6th District Youth Forum.

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