CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 18, 2001
Sixth-graders to tell City Council how youth can 'Make A Difference'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa City City Council is holding a special meeting
from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Friday, April 20 to hear proposals from a delegation
of local sixth-graders on how youth can make a difference in their community
and the world.
The proposals will be presented as part of the "Vision and Action:
Iowa City Youth Summit," which is being held that same day. Some 10 student
representatives will discuss with the council issues of concern, including
hunger, child labor, prejudice, violence, health issues, pollution, drugs
and alcohol, teen problems and the environment.
The summit is being hosted by the University of Iowa as part of National
Youth Service Day. Some 70 students from Hoover, Horace Mann, Kirkwood, Lemme,
Longfellow, Lucas, and Weber schools will attend the event. Activities will
include learning about the local community and 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.
For more information about the summit or the presentation before City Council,
contact organizer Rahima Wade, an associate professor in the UI College of
Education's Division of Curriculum and Instruction, at 335-5118, or via e-mail