Youth Issues Will Be Focus Of Thursday Community Forum

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A community forum will be held tonight, May 29, in Flanders to discuss a recent report that outlines the needs of youth on the East End. The meeting, which is open to the public, will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the David W. Crohan Community Center, located at 6555 Flanders Road.

Attendees on Thursday night will discuss the findings of the preliminary draft report, as outlined by the Suffolk County Youth Board Coordinating Council. Provided by Southold Town Special Projects Coordinator Phillip Beltz, the document offers a number of programs and suggestions that could benefit youth across the East End, including the creation of a centrally located behavior health clinic, improving public transportation options, and developing a satellite employment center in Riverhead.

“Some perceive the East End as an idyllic place, void of such things as teenage drug use or pregnancy, but we found the incidence of youth-related problems is fairly consistent with the rest of Suffolk County, and in some instances, even greater,” said Nancy Lynott, a member of the sub-committee who has worked as Southampton Town’s Youth Bureau coordinator for the past 13 years.

The youth bureaus for Southampton, Riverhead and Southold towns, as well as Suffolk County Legislators Jay Schneiderman and Al Krupski, are co-sponsoring the community forum.

“It is vitally important these issues concerning our youth on the East End are acknowledged and addressed,” the county lawmakers said in a prepared statement, “so we can access the resources needed to address them.”

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