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The 6th Annual Miami-Dade County Teen Court Youth Speaking Out Against Violence Conference: Inspiring Peaceful Change

Teen Court Youth Speaking Out Against Violence ConferenceMiami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) hosted the 6th Annual Miami-Dade County Teen Court Youth Speaking Out  Against Violence Conference:  Inspiring Peaceful Change on May 1st, 2013.

More than 300 students from Miami-Dade County Public middle and high schools attended the event. The Honorable Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, District 3, greeted the students in the morning. The morning speaker, Arielle Derival, a 12th grade student at Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School, captivated the teen audience.

“My experience was magnificent, and it was great to hear the many viewpoints of violence in our youth community,” Arielle Derival stated. “The concept of having different workshops for students to attend was a great idea. I enjoyed reaching out to my peers and encouraging them to do well in school and continue their education.”

Workshops were available for the students to participate in a friendly setting where they could come up with resolutions to issues with two positive actions for changing situations in a peaceful manner. Workshop topics included: Bullying, Love Relationships, Violence and Media, Profiling, and Violence in Schools.

Teen Court Youth Speaking Out Against Violence ConferenceIn the afternoon, students were mesmerized by the special guest speaker, Kelly Charles-Collins, Esquire.  She motivated the students and won over the audience as she shared her personal stories.  

“As adults, we always want to tell our children what to do, but sometimes we just need to shut up and listen,” Charles-Collins expressed. “Contrary to what we tell our kids, we are not always right.  But, now that we have asked our children to share their ideas, we need to act on them. I along with the other members of the Youth Action Committee of MDEAT and MDEAT are fully committed to doing just that.  I was very inspired by our young people at this conference and I hope that I also inspired them."

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