Hampton Youth Forum Pkg Script
YOUNG PEOPLE IN HAMPTON MADE THEIR VOICES HEARD AT THE FIRST EVER YOUTH FORUM.
HIGH SCHOOLERS, MIDDLE SCHOOLERS, PARENTS, AND SCHOOL FACULTY MET DOWNTOWN TO DISCUSS THE CHANGES THEY WANTED TO SEE IN HAMPTON.
KANDIS MASCALL HAS ALL THE DETAILS.
HAMPTON MAYOR, DONNIE TUCK, WAS THE GUEST OF HONOR AT THE FIRST EVER HAMPTON YOUTH FORUM.
STUDENTS VOICED THEIR CONCERS ABOUT THE LACK OF ENTERATINMENT IN THE CITY, AND PROPOSED IDEAS ABOUT HOW THE CITY COULD IMPROVE.
NO TOPIC WAS OFF LIMITS, INCLUDING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND BUCKROE BEACH.
SOT - Samanta Lindborg-Rodriguez, Hampton High School Sophomore
1:22 “Its honestly been quite boring and bleak.” 1:25
THAT’S HOW SAMANTA LINBORG-RODRIGUEZ, DESCRIBES HER SOCIAL LIFE OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL IN HAMPTON.
AND SHE’S NOT THE ONLY STUDENT WHO FEELS THIS WAY.
ON A LARGE PIECE OF PAPER, TEENS WROTE DOWN SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY WANTED TO SEE CHANGE.
AND THIS IS WHERE THE HAMPTON YOUTH COMISSION COMES IN.
SOT – Morgan Hill, Chair of Hampton Youth Commission
:25 “The HYC represents the ideas and opinions of young people in Hampton.” :29
AND NONE OTHER THAN HAMPTON CITY MAYOR, DONNIE TUCK, WAS THERE TO LISTEN TO THOSE IDEAS AND OPINIONS.
SOT – Donnie Tuck, Mayor of Hampton
:42 “Try to think about some of the things we talked about, and they would like to see to make things more fun.” :46
THE MIC WAS PASSES AROUND TO ANYODY WHO WANTED TO SPEAK, INCLUDING PARENTS.
SOT – Christy Elliott, Parent of Hampton City School’s Student
:43 “I think it was a really good opportunity for our youth to have some input. I’m glad that he listened to their ideas. And no we can’t solve everything in one meeting, but hopefully it will open up some more discussion and some avenues for there to be safer options for our children.” 1:02
THE STUDENTS APPRECIATED MAYOR TUCK’S OPEN-MINDEDNESS.
SOT – Maleek Hill, Hampton Youth Commission
:39 “I liked that he wasn’t telling us what can and will happen, but he was more trying to be on our level.” :46
AND NOT ONLY WERE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND HIGHSCHOOLERS APART OF THE DISCUSSION, BUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AS WELL.
SOT - Daliyah Ross, Hampton University Representative
2:38 “I feel like we need to branch ourselves out more and build a foundation even if we don’t plan on staying here.” 2:43
AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, MOST PEOPLE WALKED AWAY FEELING BETTER ABOUT HAMPTON’S FUTURE.
SOT – Samanta Linbourg-Rodriguez, Hampton High School Sophomore
1:30 “I feel like this is the first step into changing things and really making a much more fun environment and much more teen friendly environment. At the end of the day, this is what the Hampton Youth Commission is all about.” 1:43
EXPECT TO SEE SOME CHANGES IN THE NEXT COMING YEARS BECAUSE OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE.
THE MAYOR AND THE COMMISSION SAY THEY PLAN TO HAVE A LOT MORE OPEN FORUMS IN THE FUTURE.
AND THEY ENCOURAGE HAMPTON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO JOIN IN ON THE CONVERSATION.
KANDIS MASCALL, SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS WATCH.