today is the lack of communication between adults and youth…a
Summit like this can’t lose, because our voices will
be heard and adults will learn that we are much more than
what they see on the surface."
Tim, Age 20
"What the older generation
must understand is that we value and need their support…We
want them to know that we understand what being a future
leader is all about…even though we might be Hip-Hop…
and won’t be able to get there without their help
Thandika, Age 17
"Hip-Hop is more than just videos about having money,
nice cars, and being surrounded by beautiful women…Hip-Hop
is a culture, a message that represents the who, what, and
why of today. It does more than
entertain, it can educate."
James, Age 17
"My people [Native Americans] are longing for a remedy,
because it’s so hard for us to receive the kind of
healthcare we need, or even get the healthcare information…Being
on the reservation makes us easy targets for more severe
mental health and substance abuse. It hurts me every time
I go back home and see the deal."
Anna, Age 18
"People think that because we are young we have no
stress, but stress is a big part of our everyday lives…
from parents, school…so that’s why so many young
people turn to drugs and alcohol as their release. More
sponsored activities where we could vent our frustrations,
come up with solutions, and be supported without being judged
would help a lot."
Nina, Age 16
"My lifestyle is healthy because I surround myself
with positive, healthy people…but there are some youth
who have no access to positive people or environments. Where
do they turn to?"
Jennifer, Age 17
"Parents have to consider that we are growing up in
a much more advanced society than they did, you know with
the technology and all. The pressures and anxieties we face
are so different than theirs. Learning to face them in the
right way is critical to our success."
Tasha, Age 16
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