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December 15, 2018

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Sun Youth Forum

  • 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 …

  • 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 …