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Shining a light on the teen mind

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Class gets some insight from youth organizations

By Kirsten Laskey

Deciphering what goes on in the teenage mind is sometimes harder to crack than Egyptian hieroglyphics.  Adults sometimes wonder what makes a teen tick and exactly what goes on in those heads. Luckily, a bit of insight was given at the Leadership Los Alamos session Friday.

The class met in the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel to get a clearer understanding on youth. To get the scoop, LLA went straight to the source.

Members of JUNTOS, Youth Mobilizers, Los Alamos Youth Leadership and Young Leaders made an appearance to talk about their work. In addition to the young people’s presentations, representatives from Big Brothers, Big Sisters and LA Trails talked about what youth are doing in the community.

The class learned that youth in this town are busy. Not only are their schedules filled, but also they are a tremendous asset to the community. When adults and young people join together, there does not seem to be a limit to what they can accomplish. All that is needed is a little bit of intuition and an idea.

For instance, Lori Heimdahl Gibson came up with JUNTOS (Joining and Understanding Now, Teens Overcome Separation) while participating in Leadership Los Alamos.

She explained she heard horror stories about Española and Los Alamos and wanted to bring these two communities together.


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