CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 4, 2001
UI to host Iowa City Youth Summit April 20
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host
Iowa City's first-ever youth summit for area sixth-graders Friday, April 20
as part of National Youth Service Day.
Seventy students have been selected as representatives
to the summit based on a 500-word essay that all participating sixth-graders
were asked to write stating "How Kids Can Make a Difference." Sixth-graders
wrote essays on pollution, racism, child labor, gun control and drug abuse,
among other concerns. Students from Hoover, Horace Mann, Kirkwood, Lemme,
Longfellow, Lucas, and Weber schools will attend the summit. All students
who submitted essays will receive certificates of appreciation.
During the "Vision and Action: Iowa City Youth Summit"
April 20, the selected students will take part in a variety of activities
focused on learning about the local community, youth empowerment in the nation
and world, and visiting and helping out at a community site (such as the Senior
Center, United Action for Youth and the Iowa City Public Library). At the
end of the day, the students will present to the Iowa City City Council their
own ideas about how youth can make a difference.
"I think the transition from elementary school to
junior high is a big step," said event organizer Rahima Wade, an associate
professor in the UI College of Education's Division of Curriculum and Instruction.
"And I think that the preadolescent age is when kids really start venturing
into their community on their own. There's just a different level of consciousness
about themselves, who they are and who they want to be. All of this contributes
to this being a perfect age for thinking about making a difference."
The summit also will give UI education majors an opportunity
to work with young people one-on-one. Wade anticipates that there will be
as many UI students taking part in the event as there will be sixth-graders.
Wade said the idea for the event came about after
she spoke with Iowa City government leaders and school officials. "The city
and the school district have really been wonderful in helping to plan the
event," Wade said.
The cost for attending the event is free for participants
and is covered by community donations from Hy-Vee and McDonalds as well as
University of Iowa service-learning funds.
For more information, people may contact Rahima Wade
at 335-5118, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.