Youth summit hopes to get kids involved [UPDATED]Published 9:36am Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Updated 2:37pm Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Kids in Fergus Falls are gearing up to get active in the community.
On Wednesday, May 1, sixth- through 12th-grade students will meet with parents and community members for an evening of leadership building and networking at Kennedy Secondary School. The title for the evening, “Your Life: Your menu — Get Ready for Change, you have the power to start a Revolution!” is meant to highlight the focus on youth empowerment for local change.
The night will be headlined by two keynote speakers: Jeff Morris, the 2012 National Coach of the Year, and Dr. Sandra Wieser-Matthews, the 2012 Minnesota Outstanding Individual in Communication and Theater.
Both speakers will present on ways the youth can be active members of society and be highly motivational.
Angie Pearson, Americorps Promise Fellow and organizer for the event, said she hopes the summit will provide a spark for kids looking to be active.
“The focus is really on building and strengthening leadership,” Pearson said. “It’s also about bridging opportunities. At any level, there are different ways for you to get involved.”
Pearson also said that with students helping prepare and organize the event, they are already getting a chance to put to practice what the event promotes. Students have sat in organizational meetings and helped make decisions and have done the hands on work, like decorating and hanging posters.
“Some students really haven’t had the opportunity and are excited to be part and included in something that has a bigger idea,” Pearson said. “It’s teaching them something and then showing them what they can do with what they’ve just learned.”
The evening will include a roundtable discussion on leadership and booths to talk to local experts who have opportunities for students to expand their leadership skills.
Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the food shelf, and a free light supper will also be provided.
The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Secondary School.