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March 20, 2018

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Sun Youth Forum

  • Guns, taxes highlight differences of opinion

    January 23, 2018

    Angela Duckworth, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and CEO/founder of the Character Lab, launched a “behavior change revolution” in which the world’s renowned social scientists gathered to converse and collectively create a behavior-change program focused on promoting health, education and personal finance. Issues were clearly outlined, ideas were exchanged and common initiatives were …

  • Gun safety laws are inadequate, students agree

    January 18, 2018

    In today’s society, rancor is pervasive. Social media is filled with disheartening comments on political leaders, policies and standpoints. Everyone has an opinion, and our advanced technologies and culture of open discussion have made it …

  • Instead of talking to each other, students monologued

    January 17, 2018

    As soon as we neared actual cultural or policy improvements, people shied away. It was hard to distinguish whether the group was merely unwilling to focus on solutions, or …

  • NFL protests, debt lead to heated debate at event

    January 13, 2018

    I had no clue what to expect at Sun Youth Forum. All I knew was I had to be at school a half-hour earlier than usual in business casual attire. Little did I know I was about to …

  • Gathering spurs hope for social reforms

    January 12, 2018

    As our conversations progressed, the participants began to develop emotions that helped spark and draw out the discussions. The students voiced their opinions and beliefs, along with some personal stories. Immigration brought forth different viewpoints, and although it’s a topic many Americans are reluctant to talk about, that was …

  • Sun Youth Forum: Students say sex ed is lacking

    January 11, 2018

    As teenagers, sex education is extremely important in our transition to becoming young adults. Rather than treating the topic as something awkward and taboo, our group …

  • Guns, torture prompt vigorous discussion among local students

    January 10, 2018

    When my government teacher informed me about the Sun Youth Forum, I realized it was going to be one of the greatest opportunities offered to me in high school. Being the politically outspoken student I am, it seemed almost obvious to my government teacher and me that I should …

  • Students agree: State officials must tighten Nevada’s gun laws

    January 8, 2018

    I was anxiously mingling with other students when our moderator, Brian Greenspun, entered our room and let us know that he would be overseeing our discussion on state affairs. At that moment, it became clear to me that this was a …

  • Refugee shares tale, broadens students’ perspective

    January 6, 2018

    While many topics piqued the group’s interest, there was one in particular that brought the most passion: “Should the United States accept more or fewer political refugees?” Even though many points were up for discussion, the main concern was …

  • Abortion, cellphones spark spirited debates

    December 30, 2017

    Today’s teenagers are affected by such issues as suicide, the effects of smoking and peer pressure, defunding of Planned Parenthood and texting and driving. As a representative for the Teen Topics focus group, I witnessed the most passion among the topics regarding the …

  • Students disagree on whether to allow
 guns in classrooms

    December 23, 2017

    After hearing everyone’s opinions, I said, “I feel like hysteria plays a big role in this gun situation.” With racial profiling and hate crimes, one misunderstanding can put a teacher in defense mode and a mistake could be made if a gun is put into their hands. I also added that it’s already difficult to …

  • Increased funding needed for a cybersecure nation

    December 17, 2017

    We are lagging in technological advances in comparison with other countries, so rather than pump funds into creating outdated machines for the military that will be left to rust, we must work to upgrade the technology we have, produce our tech effectively and allow …

  • Students mirror US attitudes on gun control

    December 10, 2017

    I participated in the Law and Crime category, which was centered on several of the most divisive legal, criminal and ethical issues facing our society. Our conversation focused not only the problems and moral dilemmas created by our legal system, but also the manner in which students believed these issues …

  • Imani Garcia, right, of Sierra Vista High School, speaks during the 61st annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum at the Las Vegas Convention Center Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

    Students echo national debate on today’s issues

    November 19, 2017

    The Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum, one of the largest and longest-running programs of its kind in the country, assembled some of the valley’s brightest young minds earlier this month to celebrate, debate and have their voices heard. ...