2nd Annual Above the Influence - Kent County "Push Forward" Youth Summit to be held on May 3, 2013

The Kent County Prevention Coalition (KCPC), in partnership with Wedgwood Christian Services, will host it's 2nd annual Above the Influence - Kent County Youth Summit on May 3, 2013.

The Above the Influence-Kent County Youth Summit is a Generation Y and Z-driven conference of the KCPC. Birthed out of a vision to empower community youth, The Summit is designed to equip middle and high school youth to think critically about personal choices and future ambitions, emerging community health and wellness trends related to underage substance use/misuse, and the power community teens have individually and collectively to impact peers, family and community norms and the world by making a personal commitment to live Above the Influence.

Teen attendees of the 2012 Youth Summit selected ‘Push Forward’ as the theme for the 2013 direction of the KCPC Above the Influence-Kent County campaign. ‘Push Forward’ is about recognizing the stressors, emotional baggage, pressures, and past history that impact teen behavior, struggles, and self-esteem on a daily basis. Yet, ‘Push Forward’ magnifies the capacity each teen has to successfully overcome obstacles, redefine their future, make positive life choices, and walk free of the past. This year’s theme speaks to the summit’s goal of empowering every attendee to victorious living via high-octane, skill-building, ATI-Kent County activities, workshops, and peer-to-peer messaging.

The Summit is designed to:

  • Engage youth in being visible, valuable, and vocal to underage substance use prevention efforts in Kent County
  • Champion the voices and engagement of youth in the work of underage substance use prevention
  • Understand the underage substance use issues and emerging trends in Kent County
  • Engage youth as investors in the health and wellness of Kent County
  • Develop adolescent leadership skills and talents
  • Foster relationship-building among teens across the county, state, and region
  • Create opportunities for youth to engage community leaders and elected officials
  • Use innovation, art, technology, and media to deliver prevention messages

This year's FREE event is open to 850 youth and will take place at The Kirkhof Center on Grand Valley State University's campus during the day, and will feature a student lock-in at The 3 Mile Project in the evening. Students in 6th through 12th grade are encouraged to attend. Registration is open until April 3, 2013.

Register your child(ren) today!: http://conta.cc/WINsLX  




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