Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Newark Youth Court


Today marked the graduation of the first-ever class of Newark Youth Court participants. We marked the event with a ceremony at City Hall featuring Mayor Cory Booker. Booker gave a remarkable address. One of the applause lines was when he turned the old saying "it takes a village to raise a child" on its head and declared that it takes children to raise a village. This segued into praising Youth Court members for their willingness to step up and help fix the problems of Newark. As great as Booker was, he was matched by two Youth Court members who spoke of their time in the program and their commitment to making a difference in the lives of their peers. All in all, a feel-good event. Adam, Jethro, Evelyn and Danielle did a great job putting it together, working with an array of partners in New Jersey.