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Richmond, VA -Community Outreach Director and News Director Clovia “Miss Community” Lawrence of Radio One Richmond: WKJS (99.3/105.7 Kiss FM) WCDX (iPower 92.1) & WPZZ (Praise 104.7 FM)  hosts Richmond’s 6th Annual community forum for teens Saturday, August 24, 2013 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Trinity Family Life Center 3601 Richmond, VA 23222.

“Miss Community” opens the forum with hundreds of teens sharing their experiences ranging from family conflict, sexual abuse, self esteem challenges to stories of redemption, forgiveness and hope. Distinguished panelists include: Asia Leach Brydson, a student at Highland Springs High School discussed the balance of a good GPA while playing sports, Shedrick MCCall, III discussed the presence of Dad, Deja Cooke, a student at Hermitage High School discussed her relationship with God, Richmond City Health District offered free TDAP vaccinations for rising 6th graders, Gang Investigator and Mentor for Virginia Hamlet Hood discussed the perils of gang life, induction practices, signs, crimes and exit plans, HIV/AIDS Advocate Deirdre Johnson discussed education, options and solutions to combat sexually transmitted diseases, Kimberly Booker Executive Director, ALB Child Safety Foundation-SAFE Kids US lead the discussion on peer pressure, safe life choices and the greatest loss, and Dr. Shedrick McCall, Associate Professor of Psychology at VSU discussed suicide prevention for teens and young adults.

Students from James River High, Clover Hill High, Henrico High, Highland Springs, Glen Allen Middle, Lloyd C. Byrd High, Monacan and Meadowbrook High schools were all represented at the teen forum.

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“This year’s forum revealed that some area teens find themselves frustrated, defeated and misunderstood in a world governed by adults who may be out of touch with today’s stresses. The media’s depiction of today’s young adult is frequently one of a self-centered, materialistic, disrespectful teen barely concerned with matters that don’t directly benefit them” said Miss Community.

Unique to this teen forum, is that parents, guardians and adults attended only as silent spectators. True to the principal objective of “Listen Up Parents! Teens Are Talking” this event affords teenagers the opportunity for honest expression among peers and professionals without judgment but with guidance and understanding.

AyGee, a local recording artist performed his latest single “No Time 2 Waste” at the teen forum.

National Recording Artist Chris Brown’s Symphonic Love Foundation gave away  500 pair of new shoes at the teen forum provided by Reebok. Black Pyramind provided tee shirts and caps.

Quotes from 2013 Teen Forum participants:

Kayla -“I love these, because we are really letting out how we feel” Velencia-” I think this is a good idea to open up our PARENTS minds” Michael -“Awesome” Damon-I thought this event was off the chain”