Childhood trauma and its consequences
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:11 pm 

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As part of a youth empowerment programme, the town's regular mayor and his council gave up their seats for two months this summer to a 15-year-old girl and her team of 11 teenagers (five of them female). There are 18 local Youth Councils in the region, working with municipalities and helping to empower youngsters to take part in the decision-making process. The young mayor started off in her town's Youth Council.

"The adults gave us the space we needed," she said. "But they were available whenever we needed them for guidance."

The young mayor listened to citizens' problems, signed documents, read reports and chaired meetings. She inaugurated a new fire department, opened a public park and presided over the establishment of a stone quarry. She also travelled to Indonesia, as her town's representative, to meet with parliamentarians and lobby them to enact projects incorporating young people into civic life.

Which country would you guess has this enlightened attitude to young people? A Scandinavian country? I think you might be surprised.

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