Around Town: Newark Youth Council to host summit for high school students

By Barry Carter | The Star-Ledger
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on March 12, 2015

Sister Souljah, an author and activist, will be a guest speaker at the Newark Youth Council Summit on March 21 at the Paul Robeson Center on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark.

 

The Newark Youth Council is holding its first youth summit for high school students on March 21 to connect students with the city's wealth of resources as they make plans for their future.

The all day event is from 8:30 a.m. to 4p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark.

"Newark is building a new chapter,'' said Ahmed Gueye, the youth advisor of the council.

He said there are workshops on college readiness, arts and culture, and the business community in the city.

The special guest speaker for the event is Sister Souljah, an author and activist, who will conduct a writing workshop.

"She's trying to get them ready for the future,'' Gueye said. "We want to get the concept of getting our kids to go to college and learning about ways they can have successful college careers.''

The youth council is an initiative of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who frequently tells young people that the city needs their energy and input to move the city forward.

The summit follows two previous events the council held to engage city youth. There have been separate town hall meetings for high school and college students

As spring break approaches in a few weeks, Gueye said the council is involved in planning events to keep city youth active and safe.

"We want to keep them busy so they won't get in trouble,'' he says. "We want to keep them off the street and keep them motivated and get kids on track for the future.''

Gueye said students should register for the summit at tinyurl.com/nycsummit.

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