‘Are You Listening?’ event gives kids a voice


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Kids of all ages came out on Saturday to have their voices heard at the Are You Listening? Community Youth Day event.

“We are our future. And if we don’t speak our minds now we won’t be able to change anything for our future,” said Ashari Maultsby a 13-year-old panelist.

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The annual event is a free day of thought.

“I think it’s really important because it gives this generation an insight on a lot of things, and gives them a chance to open up and speak what’s on their mind,” Maultsby said.

It gives kids a platform to share experiences some adults might not realize they are facing every day.

“I, in my own high school, have let’s just say having to go to the bathroom and I walk in and I smell the smell of marijuana or something like that,” volunteer Aaron Wyatt, 17, said.

They may be young, but they are concerned about the world they live in.

“There’s a lot of issues on gun violence and bullying and school-wise and a lot of issues going on in the world like the presidency,” Maultsby said.

Some even chose to express themselves in the form of performances, highlighting ways they stay involved in their community.