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Sun Youth Forum

Converging ideas
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Ideas were proposed with deep conviction while contemporaries met with harsh opposition. The raised voices along with the incessant scratching of pen on paper echoed through the walls. People listened intently as they anxiously awaited their turns to speak. Heated debates raged across the room and burnt through the controversial topics.
Teenage expressions
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Few times throughout our high school careers do the best of the best get together to discuss key issues, especially the issues that affect students on a daily basis. That's the opportunity that the Sun youth Forum has given students for more than 20 years -- the chance to come together of one accord to teach and learn from on another.
Issues concerning students
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I would like to start by saying that this is my first year attending the Sun Youth Forum and I am honored to be in a room full of students that are ware of what is going on in the world today. I am also honored to be selected as a spokesperson of my group, which represents Teen Topics.There have been many questions, comments and concerns discussed by students across Nevada during this year's Sun Youth Forum. Students have deliberated many pressing issues and topics that concern teenage youth in today's society.
Agreement uncommon on issues of civil liberty
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Forty high school students plus topics that could press anyones button equal a very compelling discussion. At this years 2007 Sun Youth Forum I had the chance to be part of such an exchange.
Law, crime challenge students
Friday, December 28, 2007
As I attended the Sun Youth Forum for the second straight year, many things were racing through my mind. I couldn't help but be curious about all the interesting topics that were going to be discussed in the group covering law and crime issues.
Teens tackle nuclear waste, prostitution, education law
Thursday, December 27, 2007
These were a few of the many issues discussed in the "Home in Nevada" group. Every student in the room had an opinion. The reason: The issues affect everyone in Nevada, old and young.
Teens approach basic issues practically
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
A roomful of opinionated teenagers made for a great discussion in our group.The first topic we discussed: Should contraceptives be available in high schools? That health education needs to teach about sex and the use of contraceptives at a younger age was unanimous.Half argued that condoms should be available because that might cut the number of teenage pregnancies. The group said teens are practicing unsafe sex because they don't know how to practice safe sex.
Define 'peace' before trying to achieve it
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
When a large group of highly opinionated high school students from all ethnic, social and political backgrounds comes together and discusses controversial issues, one thought generally comes to mind: uncivilized and cause for headache.
Divisive issues call for listening, learning
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Should there be a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, or should they all be deported? Should we continue the war in Iraq? Are we prepared for another terrorist attack?"Of course, yes! I guess Maybe I'm not sure
2007 Sun Youth Forum Roundup
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Should the gaming industry have to pay higher taxes to raise funding for schools? How is Southern Nevada managing growth? And do you think Las Vegas would benefit from a major league sports team? These are just a few of the questions debated by the best and the brightest of Southern Nevada’s high school students at the 2007 Sun Youth Forum. More than 950 students from 45 high schools took part in the forum, held Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Photo: Jimmy Benoit of Las Vegas High School voices his o
Youths express passion on issues
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Sun Youth Forum: Forum gives Southern Nevada teens a chance to share opinions with hundreds of their peers
The Sun Youth Forum was established 50 years ago to give Southern Nevada teens a voice - a sounding board on issues of the day and a way of expressing concerns about their future world. It did not matter whether that voice came from the naive or the well-schooled, whether the kids said things adults wanted to hear or whether the opinions were - as they say today - politically correct.
Photo: Clark High School student Sergio Martinez makes a
Leaders of tomorrow
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
sun youth forum: Forum’s topics range from the war in Iraq to gay marriages
Regardless of why the United States decided to fight the war in Iraq, it would be a mistake to pull American troops out too soon, local high school students said Tuesday when they gathered for the 50th anniversary of the Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum. About 1,000 of Southern Nevada’s best and brightest young minds — juniors and seniors from 47 public and private schools — discussed a number of thorny issues at the forum at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Reflections on 50 years
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
On the anniversary of its 50th year, the Sun Youth Forum will welcome 1,000 students from 41 schools to the Las Vegas Convention Center so that they may share their thoughts and insights on numerous relevant topics with Southern Nevada’s civic and political leaders.
Photo: Spring Valley High School student Sean Rodgers tal
Students delve into war issue
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
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Students who have brothers and fathers fighting in the war in Iraq told fellow students at Tuesday’s 49th annual Sun Youth Forum that their soldier relatives tell them that we are making progress and not to abandon the cause. “We should be there because what we are doing is working,” said Shereene Fogenay, a junior at Chaparral. Her father, Kenneth, is in the Army and serving in Fajullah in Iraq.
Photo: Alex Bayless, a student at Eldorado High School, s
Students don’t shy away from the hot issues
Wednesday, November 26, 2003
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High school students tackled some of the hottest national and local topics during the Tuesday morning sessions of the Sun Youth Forum. Topics ranging from same-sex marriages to the legalization of prostitution sparked heated discussions among the teens, who fought to have their voices heard. The students couldn’t seem to agree on how to go about ensuring human rights without stepping on some toes.

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