Close to 150 students gathered on Friday October 14th for a Youth Leadership Training, organized by PACT For Families. Schools from a five county area sent a team of 10 students each to attend the free youth training. Cedar Mountain, BOLD, RCW and BLHS attended from Renville County.
“The purpose of this Youth Leadership Training day was to help youth learn skills that will help them be leaders in any situation whether it be at a party where drugs and alcohol are being used or if they are with someone who is suicidal or who is being bullied. We want young people to have the skills needed to respond positively in any given situation. Therefore, the presentations will not just be “say no to drugs or bullying” but will help students answer questions such as “What would/should a positive leader do in this situation?”, whether it be in an unhealthy relationship or a witness of racial harassment, etc.
In summary, the overarching goal for the day was to:
Provide resources and skills training to youth to enable them to become better leaders in their school district with the ultimate aim of enhancing school climate through their positive leadership; and for participants to impact other youth in a positive way.”
The day included 5 breakout sessions with presentations on:
- Suicide Prevention
- Healthy Relationships & Dating
- Alcohol and other drugs
- Diversity- A Global perspective.
The RAPAD Coalition helped to fund some of the costs and was part of the planning team. It was a great event!