City leaders to host meeting with Greensboro teenagers, parents

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GREENBORO, N.C. -- City leaders will host a meeting for parents and teens Wednesday to discuss the downtown curfew and gauge new ideas from teenagers in Greensboro.

The organizers hope to hear from parents and teens about the kind of events and activities they want downtown.

Jenny Caviness is the Youth Services Manager for Parks and Recreation in Greensboro.

"The meeting is really to bring forward teens and their parents to talk about what they want to see. What can the city do to help serve them better," she said.

Caviness pointed out sporting events are usually successful. "I can tell you that we've done a lot of events at the Sportsplex and we had over 500 kids one night. So basketball, any sports events, are really great for teenagers."

Music, too, seems to draw teens' attention, said Jennifer Hance, Director of the Music Center.

"They're teenagers! They want to be out, they want to be doing things. And we want to provide a safe environment for them to be doing that," explained Hance.

This Saturday they are hosting Teen JamFest downtown Greensboro in Festival Park hoping to draw in a big crowd of young people.

"I think the key is finding bands that they know and they enjoy," Hance said. "Which is one of the reasons we've gotten two local bands that really cater to our local high school age students in the city."

Teen JamFest will end at 10 p.m. Saturday to give teenagers time to get home by curfew, which bans teens under 17 from being in some parts of downtown Greensboro from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m., unless they are with a parent of guardian.

"Teenagers think outside the box. They're not limited like adults sometimes, and it's exciting to give them a forum to allow them to express themselves and come forward with great ideas," added Caviness about Wednesday's meeting.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Nussbaum Room at the Central Library on North Church St.