NEWINGTON - Legislators are hosting a gathering for area teens in hopes of learning about the challenges unique to them right now.
The Youth Roundtable is set for Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. inside the Rotary Pavilion at Churchill Park, 1991 Main St., Newington.
State Rep. Gary Turco of the 27th District, D-Newington, will be joined by state Sen. Matt Lesser, of Middletown, and state Rep. Kerry Wood of Rocky Hill. All three represent Newington in their legislative districts.
The trio have also collaborated on many events in the last couple of years, including other youth forums.
“It has been important to the whole Newington delegation to connect with our youth in the community, understand the challenges they’re currently facing and listen to their ideas for change,” Turco pointed out. “Now with the covid-19 crisis, many of our young residents and professionals will face additional challenges. They need to know we will have their backs in creating state policies that will help them succeed now and into the future.”
The delegation is inviting millennials and young adults to participate, wearing masks and practicing social distancing while in attendance.
Some topics to be discussed include covid-19 relief, job opportunities, racial and social justice, voting access, higher education and climate change.
Back in June Turco partnered with the Governor’s Prevention Partnership to host a virtual meeting addressing youth substance use. Joining the conversation were Newington High School Resource Officer Daniel Kaufmann, Newington Human Services Youth Coordinator Rik Huggard, Newington Interfaith Clergy Association member Nancy Baxter and Deborah Lake, prevention program manager with the non-profit partnership.
Keeping young people involved in the political process has been a priority during Turco’s first term in the Connecticut General Assembly.
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If you go:
What: Youth Roundtable
When: August 5, from 4-6 p.m.
Where: Churchill Park, 1991 Main St., Newington