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Saturday, July 20, 2024


Delegate Donna Christian-Christensen welcomed three Virgin Islanders to Capitol Hill Tuesday to participate alongside hundreds of other students in "Voices Against Violence: A Congressional Teen Conference" sponsored by the House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt.
The goal of the two-day conference is to involve young people in a nationwide debate on ways for legislators and others to prevent youth violence.
The students and members of Congress will develop ideas for working together to tackle youth violence, both nationally and in local schools and communities.
>From the U.S. Virgin Islands the student participants are:
* Danton Durand – 11th grade, All Saints Cathedral School
* Michelle Aponte – 12th grade, Country Day School
* Okori Christopher – 12th grade, Wheaton High School, Wheaton, MD
(Virgin Islander who relocated from St. Croix)
They are chaperoned by Myron Corbett, a teacher at Charlotte Amalie
High School and Rosalind LaRocque, Assistant Principal at Central High
More than 350 teenagers from across the country will participate in the Teen
Conference which will feature a variety of workshops on issues such as
violence in the media, peer mediation training and hate crime prevention
MTV, the Children's Defense Fund, the Department of Justice, politicians and
celebrities will participate and lead many of these discussion groups.
"In light of the negative news that tends to surround our students
in public and private schools, I am very pleased to welcome these students
to Washington, DC," said Christensen.
"All of the schools were invited to participate and unfortunately our representative from Central High School was unable to attend, but this is an excellent opportunity for our students to represent the territory's needs in addressing violence in the schools and the community," Christiansen added.
"I look forward to tomorrow's regional meeting in which all of the
students will interact with Members about their concerns and draft a Youth
House Resolution on violence, and hope that we can all benefit from the
information that will be shared in the next two days.

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