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Council, Executive Candidates Agree to Support Youth Summit

Tawanda W. Johnson, The Examiner
Oct 10, 2006 5:00 AM
Howard County -

Howard County Council and executive candidates have agreed to partner with a county organization to sponsor a youth summit to help keep youngsters engaged in positive activities.  “We want to make sure they have what they need to interact [with other teens] positively and to become contributors to their communities,” said the Rev. Carletta Allen, a member of People Acting Together in Howard, a group of mostly religious organizations that seeks change through legislation on affordable housing, youth activities and transportation. 

A date for the teen summit has not been set, said Allen, who is pastor of Locust United Methodist Church in Columbia.  Allen said many residents say plenty of activities for teens are available in Howard, but some teens say they aren’t always accessible.  There needs to be “better modes of advertisement” to reach youngsters, said Michael Ponce, an Oakland Mills High School junior and PATH member, in a previous interview with The Examiner.  He also said teens need access to better modes of transportation to participate in activities.  “It’s not effective,” he said, about the 60-minute wait time for buses.  PATH wants to change the wait time to 30 minutes, which members say should increase ridership.  Council Member Calvin Ball, D-District 2, said he has long supported issues that are being addressed by PATH.  “I strongly support better transportation in the county, and I’ve been advocating that for the last four years,” he said.  “I also want to make sure we have a more regional transportation to better serve our residents who commute to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.”

tjohnson@baltimoreexaminer.com
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