Several of them agreed that transportation is an issue in Mankato.
“I’m 15, so even though there are all those recreational opportunities, if you have friends who are like, ‘Hey, let’s go shopping,’ or, ‘Hey, let’s go to a movie,’ it is hard to get around,” said Ally Peters, who added that those two activities are the most popular among her age group. “I think a lot of us go shopping and go to the movies because there’s nothing else to do.”
Several of the youth panelists also agreed that teens listen to teens. A great improvement in the community would be to find more ways to bring them together.
“Teens and young adults should have some way to come together and talk about things,” said Addy Payne. “I definitely think it’s a good thing for youth to have other people to talk to.”