Teens’ voice missing
In Chapel Hill, UNC students and adult residents feel an attachment to the town and its community. But a key voice is missing in our community’s conversation: school-aged teenagers.
In a college town that is so overrun by students, it’s easy for teenagers to be overlooked by town officials. But if Chapel Hill wants to foster a sense of community in local youth, the town needs to find ways to reach out to kids and teens that have lived here for their entire lives.
I’m a student at UNC, but I grew up in Chapel Hill. I’m only realizing now – in my second year at UNC – that I was lacking an attachment to my community while I was in middle and high school.
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Town officials need to listen to teen voices, create specific programming for them and include them in local conversation. We need to bridge the gap between UNC students and local teenagers, uniting two groups that really aren’t that different.
By making an intentional effort to engage its teenagers, Chapel Hill and Carrboro could create a strong, unified community of young people, and create a brighter, better future for the community we all love.
McCrory’s narrow view
A distinction of importance for the state of North Carolina is that it has the first public university of our nation. A university which is one that holds high regard for the quality and breadth of the education available from our many branches throughout North Carolina.
Does our Gov. Pat McCrory value this? Does he get it that this is a value recognized far and wide in our nation?
NO. He is intent on undermining this well established fine institution along with the crucial education needs of the younger students preparing for higher education. His is a narrow view and a dangerously unskilled approach to building our state and maintaining the areas of strength we have already established and upon which we can build even greater programs.
The growth of North Carolina absolutely depends on a basic understanding of these important keys to our future.
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