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Sun Youth Forum

  • Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum representative Jaylah Wilson of Foothill High School poses with Diane Gullett, deputy superintendent for the Clark County School District, and Brian Greenspun, CEO, publisher and editor of the Las Vegas Sun, during the annual Sun Youth Forum Luncheon at the Las Vegas Country Club Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.

    Student bios: A look at some of the Sun Youth Forum participants

    January 10, 2019

    The students selected 28 representatives from their discussion groups who they agreed helped spark spirited debate. Here’s a look at some of those students ...

  • Two topics seem to have no middle ground

    January 10, 2019

    On abortion, the group divided along a dispute over whether abortion was a responsible choice made by a mother or was the act of prematurely ending a life. On guns…

  • Change only happens when we fight for it

    January 8, 2019

    In our discussion, students expressed distrust of leadership and frustration at the lack of progress on improving our education system. One student said it felt as if the issue was out of students’ hands — that no matter how much we tried, the young people of Nevada couldn’t …

  • Students have plenty to say when asked their opinion

    December 31, 2018

    When I walked into the room full of fellow students at the Sun Youth Forum, it was so quiet that I could hear the scratching of pens on notepads and a girl’s fingers pat against her phone as she typed. It was clear we were …

  • Sun Youth Forum: Youth can lead the way on civil debate

    December 30, 2018

    Young people are sometimes perceived as caring little about the issues of our time.

  • Right vs. wrong vs. reality on the world stage

    December 29, 2018

    The slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the first topic our group at the Sun Youth Forum discussed, and despite unanimously agreeing that the murder was morally abhorrent, we were divided as to …

  • It matters how and why we protest the US flag

    December 26, 2018

    To my surprise, the subject that prompted the most discussion among my group at the Sun Youth Forum wasn’t abortion or President Donald Trump. Instead, it was former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the evolution of his …

  • First and foremost, we must be respectful of each other

    December 25, 2018

    The students agreed that divisiveness has become a recurring tactic in our political climate — one that is ruining compromise. With a consensus on the importance of uniting the country rather than focusing on party lines, the students believed …

  • Margin note says it all: ‘I am not afraid for our future’

    December 23, 2018

    Perhaps it is an optimistic sentiment. Nonetheless, it is the thought that came to mind as I listened to my caring, well-informed peers in …

  • Madison Coffey, of Liberty High School, participates in a discussion during the 62nd annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum at the Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday Nov. 29, 2018. Over 1,000 juniors and seniors from 50 high schools participated in the event. The Clark County School District and Barrick Gold Corporation partnered with the Las Vegas Sun to put on the forum.

    Students speak: Views from the Sun Youth Forum

    December 2, 2018

    High school students from the Las Vegas area participated in the 62nd annual Sun Youth Forum on Thursday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, discussing current affairs and ...

  • Lexie Villanda, of Spring Valley High School, participates in a discussion during the 62nd annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum at the Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday Nov. 29, 2018. Over 1,000 juniors and seniors from 50 high schools participated in the event. The Clark County School District and Barrick Gold Corporation partnered with the Las Vegas Sun to put on the forum.

    Youths offer the antidote to our ills

    December 2, 2018

    How do we get our country back and where are the leaders who will get us there? That answer to our ills has been available for 62 years. It is called the Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum …

  • Steve Schorr, president and CEO of Vegas Life TV, encourages Elizabeth Wigington to speak up during the 62nd annual Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum at the Las Vegas Convention Center Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Wigington goes to Southwest Career and Technical Academy.

    Students intent on making a difference shine at Sun forum

    November 30, 2018

    Anaiya Parks, a 17-year-old junior at Legacy High School, was one of many students pre-registering to vote in the hallways of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Thursday morning. Even though the midterm elections have passed, fulfilling their civic duty ...

  • Students’ high level of social engagement makes impression

    January 26, 2018

    I walked out of the room that day with a newfound appreciation for opposing viewpoints. To see such a place erupt in a euphony of discussion was awe-inspiring to me, and it is easy to assume that any scholar who …

  • 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 …