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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 at