Beatbox Youth Dialogue a Success;
Friday, February 21, 2003
Youth Voice Opinions on Poverty
On Saturday November 2, 2002, thirty six local youth ages 15-25 participated in a youth dialogue at The Beatbox youth center sponsored by the Northwest Area Foundation. The forum addressed reducing poverty and empowering youth through economic and community development. Mayor Ed Malloy presented an overview of Iowa's and Jefferson County's unique economic history and stressed Fairfield's particular growth in the entrepreneurial sector. Sandy Stevers, director of the DECAT project for the Department of Human Services, shared data from the DECAT project to help the youth put Jefferson County juvenile crime rates and high school drop out rates into perspective with area counties.