Youth lead the way

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By Katy Korkos

The purpose of the Leadership Los Alamos program is to inspire people to become involved in their community, and Friday’s session on the topic of youth proved to be the most inspiring session to date. In a reversal of the traditional pattern where the adults impart wisdom to the young, the youth were the teachers Friday and the adults in the class listened and learned.Linda Daly chaired Friday’s session, which she described as “a 360-degree view of what it’s like to be a teen in Los Alamos.”Several members of Juntos, which stands for “Joining and Understanding Now, Teens Overcome Separation,” showed the adults just how committed teens are to overcoming stereotypes and achieving social justice. The young people from Española High School, Los Alamos High School and Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) first came together at the end of May 2007.“I want to change the world and I’ve got to start somewhere,” one Española teen said.Her sentiments were echoed by a classmate, who said that she had joined Juntos to help stop racism and to help the two communities come together.Lori Heimdahl-Gibson was instrumental in setting up the Juntos program, and she in turn was inspired by her Leadership Los Alamos experience to found Juntos.

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