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Nov 8, 2013 7:00 PM by Danielle Lerner

Students share concerns, ideas during Teen Town Hall

TUCSON- Dozens of students from high schools across Tucson shared their concerns and ideas with administrators and local leaders Friday morning. All part of the annual Teen Town Hall at Catalina High School. The event lasted about two hours and organizers say the goal is not only to hear what young people need to succeed as individuals, but also what they need to succeed as a community.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild was one of several speakers Friday, telling students they have the power to create change. TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez was also there to listen and answer questions.

"My concerns are about the community and how they could have a resource for them to go beyond and go to college," said Marylou Barragan, a senior at Desert View High School.

From accessing college resources, to upgraded library books and school budgets, no topic or concern was off limits.

"This is their chance to be heard," said Diego Martinez, an Amphi High senior and member of the Youth Advisory Council. "This is their chance to ask any questions they have, see what kinds of things adults can do for them."

Students and adults working toward a better future, one that generates success both in and out of the classroom.

"When it comes to education and a person's future everything's a factor," said Martinez.

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