Northwest NEWS

October 11, 1999


Area teens to speak at Youth Forum

   For the second year, state Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, is providing a forum where teenagers will get a chance to speak their minds on issues that most affect them.

   The meeting is designed to get students talking about state government legislation and policies that affect their lives. It will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 7-9 p.m. at Rickets Auditorium in Bothell.

   "I am committed to the idea of a civic education and youth involvement in government," said McAuliffe. "Last year's event was terrific and I learned a lot about what's on the minds of the young people in our area. It gives the students a chance to be heard, and it helps me be a better legislator."

   The Bothell senator has several topics for discussion planned that affect students. Discussion on school safety issues and harassment at school are included on the agenda, among other topics. In an "open mike" format, McAuliffe also will allow time for participants to bring up any other issues that they think the Legislature ought to consider.

   The event is a way to encourage participation in McAuliffe's You(th) Count! Council, an advisory panel comprised of area teenagers that will work with the senator throughout the coming 2000 legislative session. Applications for the You(th) Count! Council will be available at the forum.

   Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to attend the meeting, as McAuliffe is looking for diverse opinions. Adults are also welcome, but are reminded that the point of the You(th) Count! meeting is to hear primarily from young people. Refreshments will be served.

   For more information, call 360-786-7741.