Junior Joshua Conner represented the United States at the World Youth Conference in Monterrey, Mexico from Aug. 25 – 27. Conner is one of seven people in the U.S. delegation at the conference, which is co-sponsored by the United Nations.
According to a UN spokesperson, “The main objective of the WYC 2010 will be to create a declaration expressing the world’s youth voices on the conference’s eleven themes: poverty and exclusion, employment, education, technology and innovation, health, gender equality, security, social justice and human rights, sustainable development, international migration, citizen’s participation and global cooperation.”
In addition to his role at the conference, Conner currently serves as a member of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. Governor Phil Bredesen appointed him to the commission which reviews and makes recommendations on legislation before the Tennessee House and Senate and also approves the distribution of federal grant funds related to juvenile justice and child welfare in Tennessee. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is an independent agency created by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee children and families.
Conner was also a peer advocate at the Oasis Center for Youth and co-chair of the Tennessee Youth Advisory Council, a youth board that advocates for improved policies affecting juvenile justice, foster care and adoption.
Other Members of the U.S. Delegation to the World Youth Conference 2010 are:
• Alejandra Ceja, Chief of Staff for Martha J. Kanter, Undersecretary of Education, US Department of Education
• Frank Fuentes, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
• Paul Kruchoski, Student, University of Cincinnati
• Erin Mazursky, Youth Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development
• Bryan Samuels, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
• Paula Uribe, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
• Scott Warren, Executive Director, Generation Citizen