Friday, January 30, 2009

Youths launch own programs for empowerment - Gazette

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009

by Jason Tomassini, Amber Parcher, Jeremy Arias and Robert Dongu | Staff Writers

On Nov. 1, a 14-year-old was gunned down on a Ride On bus in Silver Spring. Within hours, friends and classmates texting on cell phones and posting online messages emerged as a diverse army of leaders for their community of young people.

They organized a student-led vigil attended by about 200 teens who shared their grief and fears following the death of Tai Lam, a freshman at Montgomery Blair High School. They also took the first steps towards self-empowerment, strides that a few months later seem to be taking hold where similar adult- and government-led efforts have often floundered.

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