The Prince George's Extra sought the views of some of Prince George's County's younger residents, who will live most of their lives in the new century.

I am hopeful for my future in the new millennium. I am optimistic that many things in our lives will change for the better. With the new millennium will come new technology that will make our lives simpler. I am hopeful that all the violence that continuously plagues our world will decrease. I am also hopeful that a cure will be found for the AIDS virus, which affects so many people.

It is my hope that as minorities become the majority in this county, racism and prejudices will disappear. I hope that the fighting in Europe will cease and the people will become united.

I am 16 years old and have lived in Prince George's County for eight years, after moving from Northeast D.C. After I graduate from DuVal High School in 2001, I plan to attend college and afterward move south while pursuing my career in print and broadcast journalism. I may eventually move back to Prince George's County, but I want to experience living in another environment. It is my dream to one day be editor-in-chief of my own newspaper or magazine. I also dream of being married with children.

I expect many positive changes in the next millennium. I expect that schools will finally get the funding they need to provide a quality education for children. Another thing I expect is that cars will become safer and better protect against injuries in crashes.

With the coming of the next millennium, I believe that there will be many positive changes that will make this world a better place for everyone to live in.

-- Dakarai I. Aarons, 16,

junior, DuVal High School

CAPTION: Dakarai I. Aarons has lived in Prince George's for eight years.