Updated: 01/10/2014 7:32 AM
Created: 01/09/2014 2:21 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste
Lawmakers gathered in St. Paul Thursday to discuss education issues that are facing Minnesota students. They also talked about how to give students a better shot at success.
Community leaders, experts on education and students joined the meeting.
Aimee Vue, a senior at Como Park Senior High, attended the event as a member of the Minnesota Youth Council. She gave her unique perspective on what kids in Minnesota need to succeed.
"Last year we conducted a statewide survey with about a thousand young people and what we found out was that in each of the congressional districts in Minnesota the three same issues arose, crime, safety and gangs, drug and alcohol abuse and bullying," she said.
Those were just a few of the issues being discussed at the meeting. The meeting also focused on teen mothers and low income families.
"Because we know that if we don't intervene in those most difficult situations soon those young children are going to grow up and perpetuate the cycle," said Frank Forsberg of United Way.
Support and guidance is key to helping the most vulnerable families. "We need everyone in our community to come together and attack this issue," said Vue.