Montgomery County Recreation to Host Youth Summit

SOURCE: Montgomery County

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 5, 2016 Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Recreation Department Director Gabe Albornoz invite middle and high school students to participate in a Youth Summit on Wednesday, May 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring. This free event is sponsored by members of the County Executive’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to give young people an opportunity to share their experiences, insights and solutions with the County Executive, members of the County Council and other representatives from Montgomery County Government. The town hall-style Youth Forum will begin with welcoming remarks by County representatives and will be moderated by local radio hosts Pedro Biaggi of El Zol (WLZL-FM) and Joe Clair of WPGC-FM. The conversation is being used as a tool to challenge students to identify and discuss the increasing number of hurdles young people face that may later cause disengagement, apathy and socially destructive behavior. This year’s summit will include a Youth Opportunities Information Fair immediately after the Youth Forum. Students will be invited to visit information tables, ask questions, and learn how they can participate with various elected officials, county agencies and non-profit organizations. The fair will expand the opportunity for young people to engage in conversation with community leaders and stakeholders. Light refreshments will be provided. Limited transportation to and from the Silver Spring Civic Building is available from the following locations: Germantown and East County Community Recreation Centers; Watkins Mill, Springbrook, Montgomery Blair and Wheaton High Schools; and Montgomery Village, Forest Oak, Roberto Clemente, Neelsville, A. Mario Loiederman, Argyle and Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle Schools. Middle and high school students needing transportation must have a signed permission slip with them at the time of pick up. Permission slips will be available online beginning Friday, May 6. Participants can find the form at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec by clicking on the Special Events link under Youth Development. Pre-registration for the event is recommended, but not necessary. To pre-register, go to www.activemontgomery.org and enter activity code 20406 in the search box. Registration is open to all middle and high school students in Montgomery County. For more information regarding the event or transportation, call 240-777-8080. ### Release ID: 16-439 Media Contact: Carmen Berrios Martinez 240-777-6875

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