The city of Palmdale hosted a free community youth forum Tuesday at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway. A total of 450 participants, ages 13 to 25, attended the event, which featured pizza and music with a live disc jockey. Several winners took home prizes such as an Apple iPod, a skateboard, gift certificates and more. The Xtreme P event provided Palmdale’s young residents an opportunity to voice their opinions regarding their community. It is part of the Partners for a Better Palmdale program, a citywide effort to build value and create a safer community. “This is an exciting time for Palmdale’s young people. We are very interested in listening closely to what our young people have to say,” said Palmdale Families in Action Coordinator Kari Robertson. “We are asking them to give us ideas and solutions that will make Palmdale a better place for children, teens and young adults.” Local businesses also supported the community cause by contributing items towards the event. Special thanks go to sponsors Antelope Valley Mall, Baja Fresh, Barnes & Noble, Cinemark 8, The Coffee Bean, Coldstone Creamery, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Lancaster, Drytown Water Park, Food 4 Less, Jamba Juice, the Lancaster Jethawks, Mulligan’s Family Fun Center, Pharmacy Rideshop, Shakey’s Pizza, Sharkey’s, Powder and Sun, and Vince’s Pasta and Pizza. Partners for a Better Palmdale is an intensive communitywide program designed to make Palmdale the safest, healthiest and most vibrant city possible by bringing together the resources of businesses, neighborhoods, community groups, individuals and government. It aims to coordinate and collaborate with all these entities to reduce crime, build community value and engage citizens. For more information, call (661) 267-5115. Armin Gomez works in the public information office of the city of Palmdale. She posted this story May 8 on the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!