The Marion County Commission on Youth, or MCCOY, held a press conference last Thursday, June 14 at the Hawthorne Community Center on West Ohio Street to discuss their “The Whole Truth” campaign to dispel commonly held negative generalizations about youth. These myths, according to MCCOY President John Brandon, act as barriers between adults and youth, which prevent adults from being as involved in young peoples’ lives as they should be.
“The Whole Truth,” which began in March, plans to address 10 such generalizations over a period of 10 months, countering one, such as “youth don’t listen” or “youth are more promiscuous than ever,” each month with statistics and/or alternative views on the issue.
By dispelling such stereotypes, MCCOY hopes to foster a better relationship between youth and adults.
“Adults need to assume more responsibility,” said Indiana Fever player Tamika Catchings at Thursday’s press conference. Catchings, who is a sponsor for the campaign, also noted that she was “blessed to have grown up around a lot of positive people” who helped push her to succeed and that young people need the support of the adults in their lives to be successful.
MCCOY calls itself “the catalyst for the positive development of youth” in their mission statement and serves as an intermediary rather than a provider of programs, saying that the organization acts as a resources, “covener,” advocate and capacity builder within the community. MCCOY’s Web site proclaims that its three areas of focus with youth are preventing violence, encouraging civic engagement and building basic skills.
For more information go to mccoyouth.org.