High School Student Holds Live Interview with Coral Springs Mayor about COVID-19

By: Sinan Kassim

On April 7, 2020, I had the privilege of interviewing Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook.  The Facebook Live interview focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our community.

I feel that during times of crisis, our community looks to our leaders for support, so I wanted to create an opportunity for local leadership to address youth. 

Mayor Brook answered questions concerning residents of all ages and walks of life. To begin with, he touched upon the needs of youth and opportunities for youth engagement while we are stuck in self- quarantine.

He praised the work of youth programs that he has spearheaded during his time in public office, such as Project Leadership and Students United Network, and he even told viewers about a Youth Innovation Table initiative being worked on by community leaders.

The Mayor emphasized the need to conduct youth engagement virtually through modern technology software such as Zoom.

In the interview, I raised a question that concerns all residents in some way: economic insecurity.

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Mayor Scott reaffirmed the city’s commitment to protecting businesses and workers. He pointed out resources that can be found on the City of Coral Springs website.

Additionally, it is of immense importance that an inter-government approach between federal, state, county, and local officials takes place to fight the coronavirus.

The Mayor of Coral Springs says he is working with FEMA, the office of Senator Rick Scott, facilitated conversations through Congressman Ted Deutch and support from State Representative Dan Daley.

He reminded us of the unprecedented circumstances we are living in today. Furthermore, Mayor Brook has been a champion for mental wellness and discussed ways for families to take care of their mental and emotional health to coup with COVID-19.

Sinan Kassim lives in Parkland, Florida and is a sophomore at NSU University School. He has always felt a strong yearning to make the world a better place and leave a lasting legacy. 

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