Bon Jovi's 'listening tour' comes to NJ

Musician Jon Bon Jovi, center, listens as people talk during a visit to Youth Education & Employment Success Center, Monday, June 6, 2011 in Newark, N.J. Bon Jovi, a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions and chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, made the visit to close out a four-city tour talking to teens about education. ((AP Photo/Julio Cortez))

June 6, 2011 12:26:09 PM PDT
Jon Bon Jovi has been taking a break from his worldwide concerts to engage in a different kind of tour - listening to the concerns of young people across the United States.

The rocker visited a youth services center in New Jersey's largest city on Monday as the final stop on a "listening tour with disengaged youth."

It's part of the New Jersey native's role as a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which is looking at successful youth programs that can be replicated.

Participants in the Newark session told Bon Jovi that jobs, a lack of mentors for young people and bullying were among their top concerns.