Heights Community Congress hosted about youth issues in Cleveland Heights at the Monday night.
The , which Heights Libraries also organized, was scheduled just a few weeks after the , when crowds of youth filled the streets, some refused to leave and 16 teens were arrested for fighting.
The discussion Monday night centered around three main topics: social media and how the community can use it in a positive way; parent and adult responsibility; and race relations.
Three panelists led the discussion and answered questions, and attendees also asked questions and provided their input. Less than 50 people attended Monday’s meeting, which was a small group compared to the hundreds that crowded the event in July.
Michael Walker, executive director of Partnership for a Safer Cleveland, James Box, University Heights resident and project director, community outreach for the City of Cleveland’s Community Relations Board and Malik Bacchus, a junior at were the featured panelists.
Cleveland Heights Patch captured moments from Monday’s dialogue on video. This is the first in a series of videos from the discussion, which centers on what people said about parent and adult responsibility. Look for more videos throughout the week.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Libraries, Centers for Families and Children, Civic Commons, Heights Youth Club, Reaching Heights, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland and Open Doors Academy also supported the event.