It is no wonder our youth continue to get a bad reputation. When our youth are doing things to break the law they get photos and front page articles. When they are willing to stand up and be heard to have the laws enforced, there is little or no media coverage.
At the last Brainerd City Council meeting, the Youth In Action students were standing or sitting on the floor because of the number of people in attendance. These students were there to take a stand against the City Council's proposed liquor compliance ordinance and to ask that the liquor establishments do what is right, namely, to not sell alcohol to minors. This courageous action on the part of the Youth In Action group was given one line in the article of the City Council news.
On April 11 there was a special meeting of the Public Safety and Works committee that was attended by a number of the Youth In Action students. They were there to get the message out that underage consumption of alcohol is a problem in this community and they would like to see some changes. It took a lot of courage for these young adults to stand up against the liquor establishments and the city's proposed liquor ordinance. There was no mention of this positive action by them in the news media.
Jon Bowen, from Media Matters in Buellton, California felt that what the students from Youth In Action were doing was important enough to come and video the youth. He will be doing a documentary on youth activists groups taking a stand on alcohol issues.
I am proud of these students who are willing to speak out and be positive. Let's give them the recognition they need and deserve.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Crow Wing County
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