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Following a series of disruptive incidents involving teens this year on D.C.’s subway, Metro will host its first ever “Youth Empowerment Summit” tomorrow, asking local students to “be part of the solution” to reduce violence throughout the transit system.
The gathering, which will feature “workshops, group activities, panels, and discussions to help teens minimize conflict,” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Metro’s 600 Fifth St. NW headquarters, according to a release. Registration for the event is free. The agency says community activists, Metro Transit Police Department officers, and Metro employees will participate.
“The safety of customers is our top priority and this summit is an opportunity to partner with students to address the issue of teen violence,” MTPD Chief Ron Pavlik says in a statement. “It is a positive first step in engaging youth to be part of the solution to reduce juvenile crime.”
D.C. students between the ages of five and 21 ride free on Metro. The agency says it’s inviting 200 high schoolers in the District, Maryland, and Virginia to the summit.