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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 7th Annual community forum for teens Saturday, September, 2014 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Trinity Family Life Center 3601 Richmond, VA 23222. Clovia and Cousin Keith of iPower 92.1 will guide an audience of Richmond Area youth who are encouraged to voice their concerns and to be self expressed. A diverse panel of professionals, local citizens, counselors, along with an audience of their peers will be in attendance. Brought to you by Community Clo, I AM QUEEN, Bucks & Banks, Rolling For Freedom, ALB Child Safety Foundation and Radio One INC.

“Miss Community” and Cousin Keith will open the forum with teens sharing their experiences ranging from family conflict, sexual abuse, self-esteem challenges to stories of redemption, forgiveness and hope. Distinguished panelists include: Freeway Rick Ross former drug king pin to literacy specialist, Asia Leach Brydson, a student at VCU will discuss the balance of a good GPA while playing sports,  Gang Investigator and Mentor for Virginia Hamlet Hood will discuss the perils of gang life, induction practices, signs, crimes and exit plans, HIV/AIDS Advocate Deirdre Johnson will discuss education, options and solutions to combat sexually transmitted diseases, and Kimberly Booker Executive Director, ALB Child Safety Foundation-SAFE Kids US will lead the discussion on peer pressure, safe life choices and the greatest loss.

Recording Artist Young Prince Charles will perform live at Teen Forum 2014 #teenva

“Last 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 may attend 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.

National Recording Artist Chris Brown’s Symphonic Love Foundation will give away new shoes at the teen forum provided by Reebok. Shoes will be distributed while supplies last.

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”