As a leader who is dedicated to enriching young lives, Charlotte CARES and Susan L. Taylor, founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement and editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence magazine, invite you and the young people you serve to be our guests at a community forum that will give our next generation of leaders an opportunity to be heard. Listen Up! Young Leaders Have Their Say will take place on Friday, August 31, 2012, 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M., at Chappell Memorial Baptist Church. It’s a needed opportunity to inspire and influence Charlotte’s challenged teenagers as they listen to strong, emerging leaders in their teens and 20s speak from the heart about their deepest concerns and prescriptions for change. Community leaders—including parents, educators, policy makers, business and faith leaders—will be there to hear and respond.
Michael Eric Dyson, one of the nation’s most powerful thought leaders and MSNBC commentator, will deliver a keynote address. Jeff Johnson, political commentator and MSNBC Contributor, is our host. Susan L. Taylor will open the interactive forum created to give young people who care deeply about the community and today’s pressing issues what they are longing for: to be heard, respected and responded to. Your presence—and it is critical that you bring youngsters who need young role models, inspiration and encouragement—is vital. It doesn’t only say that you care. It shows that you care. Just imagine what our communities would look like if children were listened and responded to with love at the first moment crisis entered their lives.
A panel of concerned leaders will report on the state of emergency our city’s challenged youngsters are facing and what we must do to stem the violence and bring disconnected youth to safe harbor. Panelists include: Youth Advocate, Devont’e K. Watson; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Youth Literacy Advocate, Judy Goins; Carolinas Medical Center Trauma Surgeon, Dr. David Jacobs; District Court Judge, The Honorable Rickye McKoy-Mitchell; County Commissioner District #2, James Mitchell; Age-Out Foster Care Programs Representative, Pat Newell; and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Representative, Willie Ratchford. The evening will also feature some of Charlotte’s most talented young performers; they will take your breath away!
For more information, please go to: http://events.charlotteobserver.com/charlotte_nc/events/show/271255227-charlotte-cares-presents-listen-up-young-leaders-have-their-say