NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


July 19, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

CURRAN TO HOLD YOUTH FORUM IN ANNE ARUNDEL ON FRIDAY, 7/20

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that he will host the third event of his statewide Maryland Youth Forum at the Anne Arundel County Police Department D.A.R.E. Unit on Friday, July 20 at 1:00 p.m. The goal of the program is to help improve the response to the problems faced by young people in Maryland, by listening to kids talk about a range of issues, such as juvenile crime, substance abuse, the Internet, and bullying in school. The themes and ideas that evolve from these meetings will be used to formulate and underscore the need for new policy initiatives.

"For many years, well-intentioned people have been telling our young people what they need based on their perceptions of the problems kids face," Attorney General Curran said. "As times change, so do the problems and it is time for us to listen and let the children tell us exactly what it is they are up against so that our response more precisely addresses their needs."

Attorney General Curran will be joined by school and community leaders at Monday's discussion with adolescents participating in the Teen Opportunity Program from around Anne Arundel County.

WHAT: MARYLAND YOUTH FORUM

WHEN: FRIDAY, JULY 20 AT 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT D.A.R.E. UNIT 198 HAMMONDS LANE

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