May 15, 2000
A day to celebrate and recognize teens in the local communities has been planned for Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Pop Keeney Stadium and the Ricketts parking lot at 18315 Bothell Way NE, Bothell.
A partnership between youth in Teen Northshore, Northshore YMCA, and the cities of Bothell, Kenmore, and Woodinville, including their Parks & Recreation Departments, plus local businesses, created a special day to bring recognition to teens with events geared for them and their interests.
"Research has shown that teens who are connected to their community or who feel valued or supported by the community are less likely to engage in risky behaviors," said Sue Paro, Executive Director, Teen Northshore.
"Communities around the Eastside are realizing that teens do not feel valued, supported, or connected to their communities. In fact, 89% of the teens at the Teen Northshore Youth Summit responded that they did not feel valued and supported by the Northshore community. Teen Northshore and the Northshore YMCA saw this as a call to action," said Zemorah Wainhouse, Director of Youth Development, Northshore YMCA.
Teens can get information from the environmental booths, listen to the guest speakers or watch film shorts between sets. The teen planners hope the concert raises awareness of teens and their communities about environmental issues, protection, and preservation of wild lands.
There is a $5 entry fee per class, and registration is required by May 17. Registration forms can be obtained by calling Bothell Parks & Recreation at (425) 486-7430 or (206) 344-6417, or picking up the form at 18301 101st Ave. NE, Bothell, WA 98011.
During the day, proclamations will be made from the cities of Bothell, Kenmore. and Woodinville concerning teens. and a Youth Recognition will be held to honor nominated teens for service in the surrounding areas (3 to 5 p.m.). By purchasing a special silver ribbon, wearers can show teens they are committed to supporting them in the Northshore communities. The Silver Ribbon Campaign is an important link between teens and businesses showing respect and value as community members.