YEC Community Report051902
- YOUTH & EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Sundays meeting at the Glassell Park Rec. Center produced a
new and notable project by the Glassell Park Neighborhood Councils
dynamic Youth and Education Committee as they advanced on the subject of
Alisa Smith and Myriam Magaña, as co-chairs, worked with the youth
present and several adults from the community to come up with a plan to
introduce some form of sex education/ pregnancy prevention in our middle
schools, responding to the sad news that there are now 3 known 13-year
olds pregnant at Washington Irving.
The administration has been reluctant to act, and less than
forthcoming about the reasons for that reluctance. Doubtless they are
unwilling, in their teacher role, to seemingly overstep into the realm
of parenting. Myriam Magaña, as a faculty member and associate, Gilbert
Berriozabal have been appealing to the school authorities for over a
year with no movement on the problem. After Sundays discussion on the
propriety of parents instructing their children to take alternatives
measures against the real facts that such a thing always happens, Lisa
Duardo suggested the Committee take some real stance on this matter.
They were further encouraged by two of the students present who insisted
they definitely need a safe, open, and honest place at school where they
feel empowered to discuss sex openly.
Guadalupe Mercado, who is a Washington Irving parent,
assured the group that she could encourage others to support the Youth
and Education Committees credo and gain the support of other parents in
hopes to meet with the principal. It is important for the Community
Stakeholders to be heard and to encourage some form of sex education and
prevention program in our schools.
Berriozabal then volunteered to present a panel discussion
based on the P.A.T.H. program he believes is being positively promoted
in other venues Citywide. P.A.T.H, with local, state, and private
funding is a group of Teen Leaders who inspire orchestrate discussion
groups amongst their peers, parents, and faculty on the topics ranging
from abstinence and responsibility primarily focusing on the youth and
potential parenthood. This suggestion is a move into the right
direction to Empower the Youth and Educate Our Leaders on real life
matters directly affecting their everyday lives!
This suggestion, slightly altered and tailored to educate
mostly the parents in hopes to increase their knowledge and ability to
approach the task is a step in the right direction. Hopefully with the
parents support, faculty pressure, and input from the Students, and the
Youth and Education Committee Coordinators, this presentation could be a
Finally, in a gesture of solidarity, they are appropriately
calling this dialogue session Its Up To Me (To Prevent Teen
Pregnancy) and have scheduled it for slightly less than two weeks from
Sundays Meeting. Please keep posted on the E-Mail Waves for the Public
Notices or contact Alisa Smith or Myriam Magaña for further details!
Committee Reporter: Ned Baughman w/ thanks to Alisa and Myriam
Its Up to Me
Thursday, May 30th, 1pm
Rm. 6-A, Washington Irving Middle School
Info: Miriam Magaña 323-258-3458
Co-Chair: Alisa Smith at colourcity@...
Glassell Park Neighborhood Council
Contact Bradley: ebebradley@...
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