6th District Youth Talent Show: Auditions August 13

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microphone-talent-showSixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club, the Long Beach Weed & Seed Program, and the youth of the 6th District is hosting a 6th District Youth Talent Show.

The try-outs for the youth talent show are scheduled for Thursday, August 13, from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm and the finals will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Both events will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Community Center, 1950 Lemon Avenue.

“I know that our city has some really talented youth and I am so happy to have the chance to showcase it. This event encourages our students to develop social and cultural skills. More so, it allows them the opportunity of fellowship with other youth”, said Councilman Andrews.

The talent show is open to all youth in the City of Long Beach and it is co-sponsored by Long Beach Boys and Girls Club, whose youth will be organizing the event. In other words, it is an event that is “for the youth, by the youth”.

“We are looking forward to the event and the youth are very excited to participate. Its events like this that brings the community together with our youth”, said Keith Lilly, Long Beach Boys & Girls Club, Branch Director.

Other youth involved in the event are the Youth Commissioners on the Long Beach Commission on Youth and Children, who will be judging the contest, 6th District Youth Commissioner; Olena Wibroe-Benson, who is the event emcee, and the Weed & Seed Program.

“This is a great venue to support our future leaders. Research shows that youth involved in music and performing arts score higher on their SAT scores and this event will help inspire youth to reach such higher potentials”, said Tracy Colunga, Weed and Seed Program Coordinator.

The contest not only showcases the youth, it also has some great prizes; with 1st Place winning $100 and a performance spot on the main stage at the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Unity Parade Celebration. Last years MLK Celebration attracted over 25,000 people so that is an excellent opportunity for any performer to showcase their talent. The 2nd Place prize is $50.00 and 3rd Place prize is $25.

The talent show is free and it is open to the ages of 7-18 years old so if you are a youth that can sing, dance, tell jokes, or have a special talent, please call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.

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