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Youth Peace Conference to feature conversations with mayoral candidates

Posted by Patrick Rosso  May 7, 2013 01:36 PM

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A handful of the candidates vying to be next mayor of Boston will be in Dorchester over the weekend to discuss neighborhood violence with those who see it often -- local youths.

On Saturday, May 11, the group Teen Empowerment will hold its 21st annual Youth Peace Conference at Dorchester’s Strand Theater.

In addition to a number of youth-oriented programs scheduled for the day, including an original stage show, the event will also feature an open-mic program with mayoral candidates Felix Arroyo, Charles Clemons, Marty Walsh, John Connolly, Rob Consalvo, Charlotte Golar Richie, and Mike Ross.

The interactive program will feature a Q&A sessions with local youth as they discuss the violence that plagues their neighborhoods and how they think it can be corrected.

Started in 1993, more than 700 youths are expected to take part in this year’s conference, organized by Teen Empowerment, an organization that works to connect youth to their communities and social change.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $2 in advance and $3 at the door. The event will run from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and for more information contact Sheri at sheri@teenempowerment.org

Conference schedule:

6 p.m. - Info and Ice Cream Fair: Local community organizations, artists, and vendors tabling and free ice cream provided by JP Licks.

7:30 p.m. - True Stories for One Glory Show: An original play interspersed with music, dance, speeches, raps, and spoken word. This year’s story will deal with community issues and provides a hopeful vision of a better future where youth take their rightful place as full partners in community life.

9 p.m. - Speak-Out and Healing Ceremony with mayoral candidates. The mayoral candidates and the community will have an opportunity to speak on what needs to be done to help heal the community and what they themselves are willing to do to bring this healing process about.

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E-mail Patrick D. Rosso, patrick.d.rosso@gmail.com. Follow him @PDRosso, or friend him on Facebook.


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