Banner image for Compendium: News from Commonwealth Libraries with photo of Office of Commonselath Libraries building

Positive Civic and Social Engagement: Teens Find a Voice

Make Yourself HeardPositive Civic and Social Engagement: Teens Find a Voice

Martin Library was proud to host the second in a series of Teen Town Hall discussions on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018. This Town Hall empowered teens to find their voice and use it to make a positive difference in their community and the world.

Members of the Martin Library Teen Leadership Committee made careful preparations for the Teen Town Hall. Two members of the Committee were panelists and two were responsible for collecting questions written on index cards by audience members and read by the moderator.

The panel discussed the resources for civic and social engagement available to teens in York County and considered the ways in which teens can take the lead in engaging with their community. They also addressed keeping the conversations civil.

teen 2
The moderator, Mina Edmondson, introduces the topic of the Town Hall and gives a brief biography of the panel members, Jamiel Alexander, Sharee McFadden, Edquina Washington, and teen panelists, Emma Poff and Isaiah Washington.

The community panelists, Jamiel Alexander, Sharee McFadden and  Edquina Washington spoke on their experiences as community activists, leaders and change agents in the community. They each addressed their personal history and what issues most impelled them to speak up. The teen panelists, Emma Poff and Isaiah Washington also shared their stories with passion and clarity.

Teen panel
Teen Leadership Committee member, Isaiah Washington, speaks to one of the questions posed to the panel at the Teen Town Hall.

The event was livestreamed to three other York County Libraries locations: Guthrie Memorial Library, Dover Area Community Library, and The Arthur Hufnagel Library of Glen Rock.  Those who viewed the event from satellite locations were able to submit questions via the event comment box.

The event was also streamed live to the York Daily Record’s Facebook page and has received 1987 views to date. The York Dispatch shared Emma Poff’s viewpoint of her voice being silenced.

Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,