The All-Adult Youth Council

Our quote for the day comes from a 2003 publication that quoted a student in New York City who was an activist with Youth Force. In front of a city council meeting he said:

“If you had a problem in the Black community, and you brought in a group of White people to discuss how to solve it, almost nobody would take that panel seriously. In fact, there’d probably be a public outcry. It would be the same the for women’s issues or gay issues. But every day, in local arenas all the way to the White House, adults sit around and decide what problems youth have and what youth need, without ever consulting us.”

There’s something to ponder. Oh, and for an example of the (unfortunately) popular all-adult youth council, check out the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

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