Trucks from News14, Fox8, and WXII12 parked outside NCCJ offices on August 1, 2013, left. Reporters covered the meeting of 80 youth ambassadors reuniting after their summer ANYTOWN experiences and talking about ways to handle the tensions around teens that led to a temporary downtown evening curfew. Right, Maria speaks with News14 about how youth can inspire positive change.
"Act in a better way, don't act childishly, stop the games. You're fighting over nothing," ANYTOWN Ambassador Tyon Kea says he wants to tell his peers getting involved with downtown skirmishes.
"How do we cultivate, how do we educate, how do we nurture our next generation so that they're responsible, engaged citizens. That's our job, and the best way to do that is to instill an understanding in our young people that they have not only the ability but the responsibility to be leaders and good citizens." — Susan Feit, NCCJ executive director, speaking with WXII's Stephanie Berzinski July 26 about tensions with teens in downtown Greensboro Details on Large Fight Involving Greensboro Teens(WXII 12, 7/26/13)
"Is that the only answer our community has? Is that really the answer to our problem?
We'll just contain people and make sure that certain sections of our city are off limits
to certain people?" Susan Feit, with the National Conference for Community and Justice,
said. Instead, she suggests turning teens into peer leaders, saying only they can help
put an end to teen violence. Large Party for Greensboro Teens Turns Violent(News 14, 7/26/13)
"It makes a lot of sense to me to focus resources on engaging young people,
particularly from poor, immigrant and non-white communities that have been
traditionally excluded, in leadership development. We should raise their voices
to the forefront. This is the proper place for a shout-out to the National Conference
for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad’s Anytown progam, which is
undertaking some of this work."
— Greensboro might be the best equipped to address emerging divisions,
Jordan Green column, Yes Weekly, 2/13/13