YOUR LIFE MATTERS WEEK – AFTERNOONS WITH AMOS. What do Indianapolis African-American teens feel about the issues plaguing our city and community? How do they feel about the rising level of violence? Is it true that there’s nothing for teens and young people to do in Indianapolis? What would teens like to learn in their schools that they aren’t learning now? If they could what changes would they like to see in our city? Those questions and more were answered by a unique group of African-American teens in the final day of YOUR LIFE MATTERS WEEK on Afternoons with Amos. Ten students at historic Crispus Attucks High School, all members of Indiana’s newest NAACP Chapter, a youth chapter at Historic Attucks, along with a Pike High School student who is a member of the Greater Indianapolis NAACP Youth Branch, appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about these key issues facing Indianapolis; from their perspective. These eleven young people ranging from eighth grade to about to graduate Seniors talked about a wide range of issues from their school and education experience, the pressure from their peers, including peer pressure not to excel in school. The young people talked frankly about additional subjects they’d like to learn in school; like life skills, balancing checkbook, even home ec. The students told Amos and listeners that it would be great to be able to graduate with full credits after three years of high school. On the issue of violence in Indianapolis, the students talked a frankly and eloquently about the safety of their neighborhoods. The students about the lack of activities available for teens and young people in Indianapolis. They talked about hanging at the mall, especially Castleton, more than the perception of Circle Center. It’s a frank, funny at times, emotional at other times, honest discussion from a group of African-American young people that will get you and our community thinking. It will also make you understand that the vast majority of Indianapolis’ African-American youth and teens are representative of these young people who appeared as part of YOUR LIFE MATTERS WEEK. Click the Media Player to be Educated and Inspired by Black Youth on our Show. Runs 73 Minutes ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.
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