May 7, 2012 |

Parents, teachers, community gather to listen to Voices of Youth

The panel at Voices of Youth answer audience questions.

Students, teachers, parents and community members gathered at Crossroads High School Tuesday, April 24 for Voices of Youth.

Voices of Youth is a community program that is open to everyone. The program was created to educate the community on what Granite Falls teens face and what the community can do to help them.

Crossroads students have been involved with the county event since 2004.

The auditorium at Crossroads was packed and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of local teens that have dealt with issues like drug abuse, homelessness and bullying.

Pastor Shawn Roberts of the Father’s House Church led the event, asking the panel questions and coordinating audience participation.

Granite Falls City Council member Elizabeth Adams asked the panel about how to deal with bullying and what she can do to help her child.

A local teen responded saying, “the best thing you can do is to support and love your child no matter what and let them know there is nothing wrong with who they are.”

Other questions asked by audience members included “what can teachers and educators do to help students in need” and a parent asked what she could do to help her child who was dealing with drug addiction.

A teen who had experienced drug addiction responded saying, “let your child hit rock bottom, without hitting rock bottom I do not think I would be where I am today.”

This event was sponsored by the Granite Falls Be The Change Youth Coalition. The coalition is a group of local kids trying to make Granite Falls a better place to grow up.

Representatives from agencies that provide youth resources throughout Snohomish County were present after the panel discussion to offer information to the community.

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