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May 29, 2017

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Sun Youth Forum

In discussing issues that divide nation, students grow together
Monday, January 2, 2017
“Wow” is the only word I can use to describe what an honor it was to be in an event full of intellectual people talking about some of the most pressing issues in society today. ...
Teaching life skills, sex-ed would help with transition to adulthood
Sunday, January 1, 2017
I was fortunate enough to be seated among individuals with very passionate, brilliant and perceptive minds, presenting possible solutions to problems and offering opinions that we all agreed with or understood. We brought up the fact that we should be grateful to live a nation wealthy enough to provide free public education, but we agreed we should incorporate more life skills in mandatory curriculums. The main problem is that students are leaving high school feeling incredibly terrified of being an adult and how they will function in this new chapter of life. ...
US is greatest when we work together
Saturday, December 31, 2016
We must lead the effort in breaking up the partisan system our government pushes during elections. Our generation must birth a political system that reverses the oligarchic direction our nation has shifted toward and restore it to the democracy that it once thrived in. A democracy is best represented by a system that encourages a diversity of opinions and backgrounds, not one that suppresses them. ...
Day care, standardized testing create divide
Friday, December 30, 2016
The students in my room were passionate about every subject, but especially on the Clark County School District’s grading policy and whether day cares should be allowed in high school. ...
Individual choice stands as cornerstone of ethics
Thursday, December 29, 2016
In fact, free will was the overarching theme throughout the forum. For instance, when evaluating the effects of social media, video game violence and internet access, we unanimously deemed moderation to be the solution because we were taking into account that people have differing circumstances and individual personalities. ...
Discussion subjects generally boiled down to right vs. wrong
Monday, December 26, 2016
In our discussion about religion in politics, we focused less on religion affecting policy and more on how religion is represented in matters of the state. The first question dealt with the president being sworn in on a Bible. ...
Controversial topics produce division, broaden understanding
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Where I Stand:
The aftermath of the 2016 state and presidential elections resonated in many of the issues we discussed, such as the death penalty and police brutality. There were certainly issues that divided the room, with the death penalty being the first. ...
Millenials, Muslims painted with broad brush
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Sun Youth Forum:
The 60th annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum allowed me to meet and interact with fellow students who feel strongly about social and political issues that impact people all over the world. This amazing event was a public platform for positive political discourse and discussion — a true realization of First Amendment rights in action ...
Students want self-defense classes
Thursday, December 22, 2016
right students from around the Clark County School District were asked these difficult questions this year at the 60th Anniversary Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum. The event gives high school students the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas with their peers and a community leader who moderates their group’s discussion. It gives us students a sense of importance and lets us know that our voices matter too. ...
Stadium supported, funding questioned
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
ur group was divided, with those in favor of public funding saying the stadium would bring new revenue into the state, would produce thousands of jobs during the construction phase and would generally improve the economy. It also would provide another attraction beyond gaming and what has really been the state’s only major sport: ­boxing. However, not everyone likes the game of football. ...
Students: Do away with hate, negativity
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Sun Youth Forum:
Nov. 29, 2016, is a date I’ll never forget. It was the day of my first year at the Sun Youth Forum, and I was blown out of the water. I was surrounded by like-minded students who took a stance in their community and used their voice for the better. Everyone in our room had something to say; some butted heads, but for the most part we all came to a civil conclusion ...
Students optimistic about America’s future
Monday, December 19, 2016
Sun Youth Forum:
Division on a number of issues spilled from the 2016 presidential campaign into the America discussion at the 60th annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum. But despite the contrasting views, all 35-plus Clark County high school students were respectful to one another and all agreed on the importance of showing courtesy in dealing with problematic subjects, such as improving the election system, the country regrouping after such a volatile campaign, advancing social rights and working toward higher education reform ...
Guns, race, drugs spark spirited debate
Guns, race, drugs spark spirited debate
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Where I Stand:
After a particularly divisive election season, I had no idea what to expect walking into a political discussion filled with students I had never met. While I entered the Sun Youth Forum uncertain and nervous, I left with a sense of reassurance about our nation’s future, and an undoubtedly increased breadth of knowledge about key issues our country is facing ...
Sun Youth Forum gets young Las Vegans talking about Trump’s presidential victory
Sun Youth Forum gets young Las Vegans talking about Trump’s presidential victory
Monday, December 5, 2016
Donald Trump’s victory was a key topic at 60th Annual Sun Youth Forum , which drew nearly 1,000 students from across the valley to the Las Vegas Convention Center for a day of discussions about ...
In 60th year, Sun Youth Forum still inspires
In 60th year, Sun Youth Forum still inspires
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Where I Stand:
I am writing about the youth forum as I do every year about this time because it continues to inspire not only me but every student counselor, educator, administrator and moderator who are committed to the forum’s success, This year, more than most, the passion …