Voices of youth

Kingston’s kids speak out on their lives — the good and bad parts

by Carrie Jones Ross
September 05, 2011 08:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some members of Kingston Cares' Midtown cleanup crew. (Megan Weiss)
Some members of Kingston Cares' Midtown cleanup crew. (Megan Weiss)
Ask any kid what’s bugging him or her, and you’re likely to hear the

least true thing you’ll hear all day — “Nothing!” After Kingston

Cares’ successful Midtown street cleanup program drew an otherwise

unrelated group of more than 30 teens and pre-teens together, the kids

cracked their feelings wide open about the City of Kingston and their

homes, schools, friends and lives.

“What we noticed the most was how it really bothered the kids that

they feel they are only seen for the bad things that go on in the

community, but never recognized for any of the good they do,” said

Kingston Cares program director Megan Weiss.

Kids were deeply torn between community altruism and resentment. “It

was really nice to hear from people that we were making Kingston look

better,” commented Josh.
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