July 25, 2005

NEWS: Teens speak out about issues affecting blacks (USA)

Stronger families, more educational programs needed, say Black Expo attendees.


Earlier this month, an estimated 300,000 people from around the country met at Indiana Black Expo to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans.

During the event, Expo released a report produced by the Indiana Youth Institute that showed Indiana's black youth continue to be more at risk of failure than white youth.

The study, based on data from federal, state and local sources, found low birth weights, a high number of single-parent families and high school dropout and incarceration rates as significant problems within the black community.

Y-Press interviewed teens attending the Black Expo Youth Summit to find out what they feel are the most important issues affecting their communities. Most agreed black children need strong families, a well-rounded education and extracurricular support to succeed in life.



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