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Town hall to address concerns of teens, young adults

Staff Report • Updated Mar 16, 2018 at 1:58 PM

GATE CITY — High school and college students and young adults are invited to voice their concerns and imagine their future at the Young Peoples Town Hall next week in Scott County.

When and where: The event will be held Thursday, March 22, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Scott County Park meeting room, located at 247 Fore Drive, Suite 101, in Gate City.

Opening remarks: Young people in attendance will open the town hall by telling their stories: What are their hopes for the future? What have the obstacles been to achieving their goals? If their choice is to stay and work in Southwest Virginia, what will it take to keep them from leaving?

Panel discussion: A panel of high school and college students and young working people from Wise and Scott counties will follow the opening discussion by sharing their experiences and ideas.

Panelists will include students from Twin Springs High School and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, as well as a young Scott County farmer and a youthful member of the Big Stone Gap Town Council.

Closing remarks: Anthony Flaccavento, a Washington County farmer and proponent of community-based economic development, will be on hand to listen and offer comments at the conclusion of the town hall.

This event is one in a series of “listening sessions” that Flaccavento, a declared Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from the Ninth District of Virginia, has been attending throughout the district.

“Congressional policies are designed to help the rich get richer and that needs to change,” Flaccavento said in a press release. “Young people today are being left with more college debt and fewer opportunities for economic success than previous generations.

“This town hall will provide an opportunity for me to learn more about the issues and concerns facing our Southwest Virginia’s young people.”

Who can attend: The gathering is free and open to the community. Students’ families are especially invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

The Young Peoples Town Hall is sponsored by Scott County 4 FLACC. For more information, contact Juanita Gartman at [email protected] or (276) 479-1780.

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