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Tuesday, August 12 is International Youth Day, as declared by the United Nations to increase the quality and quantity of opportunities available to young people for full, effective and constructive participation in society.

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This week MinneCulture highlights local young people from Youth Performance Company and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Tune in on Wednesday, January 15, from 7:30 to 8pm.

KFAI producer Sabrina Crews presents a short segment on Youth Performance Company—an award-winning theater troupe that develops and empowers young actors, singers and dancers.

Then members of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony perform two numbers from a recent live concert: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 14, composed by Samuel Barber; and Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Opus 47, composed by Dmitri Shostakovich.

The first selection features a violin solo by Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minnesota. Anna is a senior at Buffalo High School, and has been playing violin since the age of 3. She’s been involved with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies since 4th grade.

Founded in 1972, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies includes more than 700 young people, ages 8 through 18, who participate in seven academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell, and coached by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the youth perform 20 concerts each year at Orchestra Hall and the Ted Mann Concert Hall. They also present free concerts at community centers, homeless shelters, schools, and care centers across the Twin Cities. (Photo credit: Scott Helegson.)

For more information, visit Youth Performance Company and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.

MinneCulture is broadcast on KFAI every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 8pm. The program is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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August 12th is International Youth Day as declared by the United Nations, with a focus this year on Civic Engagement by young people around the world.

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Today's generation of Arab youth have directly inspired and sparked a revolutionary spirit that toppled governments and initiated change. Some of their stories are compiled in a new book called "Demanding Dignity: Youth Voices From the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions."

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On November 5th, 2014,  more than twelve hundred community leaders in the Twin Cities will gather at the Minneapolis Convention Center to discuss race relations.  The occasion is the 12th Annual “It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race” organized by the YWCA of Minneapolis.

This is an important part of the Y’s mission to get people talking to each other and to work against racism.

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The American Refugee Committee is a Minnesota-based International Relief Organization working in Somalia to promote economic development.
“The Somalia Livelihoods Project” is designed to address a massive unemployment problem among young people in the East African nation.

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