Thursday, February 4, 2010

Youth Town Hall Meeting a Great Success!

On Wednesday, February 3, High School and Middle School students from across the County were able to express views on a vast amount of issues and ask questions of County Council Councilmembers. Over 400 students attended the meeting at the Council Office Building in Rockville.

The County Council, which for the past several years has held Town Hall Meetings throughout the County in its efforts to find out what issues most concern residents, learned yesterday what is on the mind of younger residents when it hosted its first-ever Town Hall Meeting for Students. This was the first Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Council in 2010.

Some of the issues raised at the Town Hall Meeting were

  • County and school budget
  • Maintenance of Effort
  • Jobs
  • Gaithersburg West Master Plan
  • Wheaton redevelopment
  • White Flint Master Plan
  • Health care/insurance for people under the age of 18
  • School safety
  • College education
  • Staying and living in Montgomery County
  • Magnet schools
  • Environmental issues
  • After school programs
  • Sports Academy
  • Intervention and prevention programs
  • Libraries
  • Places/venues for young people
  • Role models
  • School-based services
  • And many other topics
Some of the participants asked their questions in Spanish and some Councilmembers also responded in Spanish to these specific questions. Wil Gutierrez from the Trachtenberg Office interpreted the questions from Spanish to English.

The meeting was open to high school and middle school students from around the County. The meeting allowed the participants to let Councilmembers know how they feel about specific issues and also provided the opportunity to ask questions of the Councilmembers in an organized, but informal, setting.

Participants also had the opportunity to speak with Councilmembers at a reception before the meeting. Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg and her colleagues also stayed after the meeting to converse with parents and students.

The meeting was broadcasted live on County Cable Montgomery (CCM) and will rebroadcast at various times in the following weeks on Channel 6 or 30. The program was also broadcasted live on simulcast on Network partners at Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College. Susan Kennedy, a producer for the county station, moderated the meeting.

Watch the Youth Town Hall Meeting online.

Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg and some of the students at the Town Hall Meeting

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