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Be The Change Youth Summit: Encouraging youth to make a change within themselves and their communities

By Tina Tyus-ShawPublished: 

January 5, 2016, 10:54 pm  

Updated: January 6, 2016, 12:36 am

Our Hometown: Be the Change Youth Summit Set for January 16

By Kim Gusby

Published: January 5, 2016, 11:32 am


The U.S. Department of Justice reports that issues present in a child’s environment are often a catalyst for bad behavior. Failure to make friends at school or poor academic performance can often be the cause of juvenile delinquency.

Registration is now open for the ‘Be the Change Savannah’ Youth Summit- a volunteer-driven youth advocacy group.

The organization work to ensure every young person matters by building resources to inspire, educate, organize and advocate for youth.

The summit takes place Saturday, January 16 from 9 am to 5 pm at the West Broad Street YMCA.

The event is free to all young people ages 11 to 16.

To register or for more information, visit: or call: (912) 233-1951.

Playing a role in stopping crime and changing lives is all about caring.
As violence plagues Savannah, it seems more people are watching out for their neighbor, calling police when they witness a crime, and stepping up to make a difference.
I feel it’s important to recognize the work one woman is doing to address the issue.
Savannah’s Teia Acker told me the spike in crime motivated her to  organize a summit for youth called Be The Change.
“I just felt like maybe we could use this to spin what’s going on.  Maybe we can provide an outlet or an avenue or talk to these kids one on one to find out what is really going on in their minds.”
Acker believes reestablishing communication with today’s youth is critical.
“We’re trying to open it where we have volunteers who are professionals in their realms but they’re also street savvy.
We need to be able to reach them on the level that they’re on.  Time has changed.  Technology is advanced and we cannot take the same basic principles that we’ve used in our generation to apply to this generation because we’re gonna loose them.”
Be The Change Youth Summit is set for Saturday, January 16th from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the West Broad YMCA.
It’s free and open for ages 11 to 16.

Making a Difference: Youth summit encourages young people to be the change they want to see

By Kim Gusby

Published: January 9, 2016, 10:12 am

How do we implement CHANGE in community? Be the Change is a volunteer-driven youth advocacy group working to ensure every young person matters by building resources to inspire, educate, organize, and advocate for them.

Savannah organizer, Teia Acker, joins us at the table to talk about how you can get your children involved.


Be The Change Youth Summit

Saturday, January 14

9 am – 3 pm

West Broad Street YMCA

1110 May Street

FREE for kids 11 – 16

Breakfast & lunch will be served

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