In an effort to stay engaged with our youth, Councilmember Sheffield launched “State of the Youth” to have open and honest discussions about the challenges Black youth face today. “All too often our young people struggle with feeling relevant, struggle with being heard and struggle with not feeling loved. The “State of the Youth” Symposium is designed to show them they matter, it’s designed to have their voices heard and last, but certainly not least, it is designed to show that people they admire have a real love for them,” exclaimed Council Member Mary Sheffield. “Our children need to hear from people they respect about the alternatives to violence, the real ramifications of their actions and how to avoid situations which could jeopardize their future and their very life,” said Councilwoman Sheffield.