PATERSON – In preparation for the upcoming School Board Election on April 27th, the Paterson Youth Council (PYC) will host its 2nd Annual School Board Candidate Debate at Paterson’s School #5, 430 Totowa Avenue, on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Organized by New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC), the PYC is a citywide youth-led and youth-driven civic organization consisting of young people ranging from 13 to 18 years old.  Their mission is to represent the interest of young people throughout the city of Paterson.

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This debate will be facilitated by the Youth Council and will feature questions and issues that these youth have identified as significant to them.  The youth hope to express their opinions and concerns to the candidates in a forum that gives them a voice despite their age.  Time permitting; the audience will be encouraged to ask questions at the conclusion of the event.

In attendance will be all five candidates that are running for the three open School Board seats.  They include  incumbents Jonathan Hodges and Wendy Guzman, along with newcomers Arleen Barcenas,  Chrystal Cleaves and Ramon A. Pagan.