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Alabama Youth Alliance Presents Real Talk: Our Time to be Heard

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McWane Science Center

200 19th St N

Birmingham, AL 35203

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AYA Presents Real Talk: Our Time to be Heard

Youth Leadership Organizations YouthServe, Youth Leadership Forum, Birmingham Education Foundation, and the YWCA Social Justice Department present, Real Talk: Our Time to be Heard. A chance for youth ages 13-18 to get together and get real about the issues of Gun Violence and Mental Health. Panels will include special guests, Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway, Birmingham City Councilor Hunter Williams (Chair of Public Safety Committee), as well as Tashee Brown, Crisis Center of Central ALabama, Katie Reed, Resent Wellness Counseling and AL State Representative Neil Rafferty.

Every year, a coalition of youth serving organizations convene once a month and determine important and relevant issues to the youth of Alabama today to host a summit where students ages 13-18 from across the metro Birmingham area can get together and talk. This coalition, (the Alabama Youth Alliance) then plans the summit around those topics for youth to speak out and be heard. Hosted at the McWance Science Center in downtown Birmingham, students from all walks of life will have the opportunity to be heard by adult leaders in the Greater Birmingham community while also learning about different perspectives from their peers. Students will also have the opportunity to convene and organize to take action and to bring awareness to these issues.

Representatives from each of the alliance organizations have been meeting since October of 2018 to finalize topic areas and basic formats of the summit. Attendees are encouraged to come with open minds! Lunch and snacks will be provided. Sign in starts at 8:30am and the summit will end by 5:00pm.


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