TWO crazy windswept years ago this month, I created the show TALKBACK4Teens as a way to give youths a microphone to discuss their own issues with their own peers and in their own voices. I recognized that society places a destructive minefield in the path of our teenagers and then expects them to find their way. Little guidance, less consideration, and no respect. The economy preys upon our young people through the media and with the tools of technology, then we criticize them for failing, rebelling, or for displaying the natural consequences of their treatment. As a father, I was just ticked-off.
But I had no expectation that it would grow from that simple idea (if you read the D&C article posted In The News!, you know what event spawned the idea) into the Show/Internships/Website & Blog that it is today. And I had no reasonable expectation that I would meet and collaborate with the two lovely young women Tianna and Jordanae’ who now head up our staff. I’ve been continually amazed at how these two (Journalista celebrating her one-year anniversary with us!) have each placed their unique stamp on the evolution of the show with their ideas, creativity and passion for helping other youths. I can’t thank them enough for being the dedicated young people they are. Thank you to my own three teen offsprinkles, my boys, “the best thing that ever happened to me,” and to their many dear friends, friend-circles, and bgf, for being constant friendly inspiration, and never letting me stop “fighting the good fight.”
Thank you too, viewers on the web and on public television. Thank you young people who have responded with your voice by participating on the show, in the studio, on the street, by tweet or by like, or by commenting on the blog or writing an article for the website. And thank you adults—parents, teachers, school administrators & others, for “getting it” that you can learn from young people as surely as they can learn from you. For putting them ahead of your own concerns, fears and schedules.
And to all of you, for having the courage to support in whichever ways you can, our youths and each other. You know that I always say, “Apathy is Part of the Problem.” So Thank You for making the effort to be part of the solution.
“Love is not a big enough word.”–Del Griffith
“Sooner or later, you must answer for every good deed.”–Calvera