Summit empowering youth to be held in Knoxville

9:37 am | August 23, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A youth summit that seeks to educate and empower young people will hold its second annual event this Saturday in Knoxville.

TENSE, which stands for Teaching to Eliminate Negative Stereotypes through Education, will be held in the University of Tennessee’s James A. Haslam II Business building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Close to 170 young people participated in last year’s summit.

Organizers believe youth will return to their communities with fresh ideas to positively influence their peers and impact society. One session at the summit encourages youth to be aggressive and make the most of their opportunities.

Democratic Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville is a supporter of the summit.

Says Armstrong: “The greatest thing that we can do is to educate and empower the next generation.”

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