(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- In preparation for the upcoming trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board (CRB) along with the Miami-Dade Youth Commission will host a Youth Summit to promote non-violence on March 28, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Summit will take place at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, located at 111 N.W. 1st Street, inside the Commission Chamber. Young people, ages 24 and under, are encouraged to speak and share their ideas on the subject in front of a panel of youth leaders and County officials.
More than 100 children, teenagers and young adults from across the county are expected to attend and participate in this event. The forum will be broadcasted on Miami-Dade Television (please see your local listings) and streamed live at: http://miamidade.gov/wps/portal/webcasting. The outcome will be a wealth of youth input on how to promote non-violence and engage young people in creating positive change.
The shooting of the unarmed Miami Gardens teenager by a man in Sanford, Florida in February 2012, sparked an outpouring of public comment and large demonstrations across the nation. Tens of thousands of Miami-Dade teenagers took part in rallies and marches around 31 senior and middle schools in the community.
“The tragic death of 17-year-old high school student Trayvon Martin has raised many questions and concerns among young people in the community where he lived,” said Dr. Walter T. Richardson, CRB Chair. “The upcoming legal proceedings against the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin will bring back public attention on the case and issues of intense concern to this community. The Youth Summit will empower and protect our youth by providing them with important information and an opportunity to be heard.”