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February 6, 2016

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Sun Youth Forum

Photo: Caroline Barnhart of Desert Oasis High School, a 2
Transgender students should be accommodated
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
where i stand:
There are many problems in the world that plague our society. From racial discrimination to terrorist threats to global warming, the list is vast and exhaustive. The Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum serves to bring together hundreds of bright students with divergent viewpoints in hopes that together they might begin to see a solution to some of these issues. I was lucky enough to be one of these students, and luckier still to become the representative of my peers.
Photo: Byron Ochoa of Southeast Career and Technical Acad
Pot tax money could be used to bolster college education
Monday, January 4, 2016
where i stand:
In our room at the Sun Youth Forum, we discussed problems affecting teenagers today. Some students boldly shared their opinions, while others kept to themselves. One topic, however, seemed to bring everyone to attention. As we discussed college, everyone stepped forth to answer whether higher education is a right and whether it should be made more affordable.
Photo: Kylon Hicks of Canyon Springs High School, a 2015
Students have dim hopes for ending racism
Sunday, January 3, 2016
where i stand:
This year I was blessed with the amazing opportunity of attending the Sun Youth Forum, where we talked, asked questions and engaged a bit of heated-yet-healthy debate. Punam Mathur, executive director of the Elaine P. Wynn and Family Foundation, was the moderator in our room and did a great job leading the discussion. With 25 questions on America’s political issues and how to better this nation, the discussion was intriguing and enlightening. Two topics that stirred the most controversy and received little if any consensus were racism and the different visions that youths and parents have for America’s future.
Photo: Kannon Michaels of Durango High School, a 2015 Las
Gun control, privacy and refugees fuel debate
Friday, January 1, 2016
where i stand:
In meeting with some of the brightest juniors and seniors from Las Vegas’ public high schools, passions increased as we debated some of the biggest questions facing the American public. And with the 2016 presidential race heating up, many participants had chosen a candidate to support and used the candidate’s views to support their own. Many of us will be eligible to vote in the upcoming election.
U.S. should stop meddling, start helping refugees
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Where I Stand:
Participants in the Youth Forum gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center and were organized into groups to discuss a plethora of topics and examine policies affecting modern America. In the Around the World group, students focused on how America should react to the Syrian refugees and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Photo: Anthony Martinez of Desert Oasis High School, a 20
Youths divided on refugees, united on legal pot
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
where i stand:
Youth Forum participants addressing the topic “Home Means Nevada” discussed serious issues regarding the Battle Born State, including education, lack of qualified teachers, immigration control and legalization of marijuana.
Photo: Christian Wesley of Cimarron-Memorial High School,
Body cameras for police worth the price
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Where I Stand:
At the Sun Youth Forum, students from throughout the Clark County School District came together to discuss local, state, national and global issues. The participants in my room discussed law and crime, with the Honorable Judge Carl Hoffman as our moderator. Issues such as police officers and illegal immigrants were notable topics that triggered the most controversy and debate ...
Photo: Camille Brown of Desert Oasis High School, a 2015
Teens agree on pot legalization, not bullying
Monday, December 28, 2015
where i stand:
In November, high schools from around the Clark County School District sent student delegates to Sun Youth Forum to discuss issues that our youth, as well as our society, face. From topics around the world to topics relevant to Nevada, many things were discussed. In room N220, matters involving crime and law led to productive discourse and possible solutions.
Photo: Leya Jember of Desert Oasis High School, a 2015 La
Younger generation isn’t lazy; our nation is in good hands
Sunday, December 27, 2015
where i stand:
At the Sun Youth Forum I had the pleasure of meeting teens who had built houses in impoverished countries, had medical internships abroad, edited their nationally ranked school newspapers and made it to robotics state championships. There were speech and debate champions, model United Nations representatives and those who’ve enlisted in the military. My generation shouldn’t be stereotyped as a lazy one. We’re going to run this country, and the U.S. will be in good hands.
Photo: Leya Jember of Desert Oasis High School, a 2015 La
Younger generation isn’t lazy; nation is in good hands
Sunday, December 27, 2015
where i stand:
At the Sun Youth Forum I had the pleasure of meeting teens who prove my generation shouldn’t be stereotyped as a lazy one. We’re going to run this country, and the U.S. will be in good hands ...
Photo: Devon Brown of Palo Verde High School, a 2015 Las
How do we handle refugees? MLK had the answer
Saturday, December 26, 2015
where i stand:
Civil rights leader and Baptist preacher the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once explained, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The greatest injustice in our society exists in the Middle East, where as many as 9 million Syrians have been forced into refugee status due to the Syrian civil conflict.
Photo: Rosemary Laurito of Silverado College Prep High Sc
Pot legalization, water woes divide students
Friday, December 25, 2015
where i stand:
What do a panther, skyhawk and cowboy have in common? They are the mascots of a few of Clark County’s high schools and just a few weeks ago they united under one cause: to improve society with innovative solutions.
Photo: Kennedy Adams of Sierra Vista High School, a 2015
Youths bring open minds to forum discussion
Thursday, December 24, 2015
where i stand:
This was my second year as a participant in the Sun Youth Forum, and it was even more inspiring and insightful than the year before.
Keep drinking age at 21; prevent irresponsible sex
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Sun Youth Forum Essays:
We agreed that while the government cannot stop people, especially teenagers, from doing whatever they want, government’s duty is to protect, guide and help its citizens. It does this by …
Teens: Legalize marijuana, put cameras on officers
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Sun Youth Forum Essays:
During the Sun Youth Forum, students gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center to discuss the most current and controversial topics, ranging from local to global. The spectrum of discussion included topics such as Around the World, Teen Topics, and Law and Crime. In one of the rooms dedicated to Law and Crime, issues including …

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