Friday, August 3, 2012

Youth Attend I-Step Summit, Two Join the Executive Council

Drew Nolting and Cassie Johnson
Van Buren County
I-STEP Executive Council Members
The Van Buren County YLC had three youth members attend the I-Step Summit in Des Moines on Thursday, July 26. Drew Nolting a junior at Van Buren High School is a member of the I-Step Executive Council and helped present at the summit. During the summit youth could apply to be on the I-Step Executive Council for the 2011-2012 year. Cassie Johnson applied and was selected to join the I-Step Executive Council. She will be joining Drew Nolting who joined the council in 2010.

Drew, being on the executive council, was a model in the fashion show, a judge in the cooking show and assisted with many other activities throughout the day. Drew felt that the speaker, Representative Ako Abdul-Samad, was very inspiring and spoke directly to the youth about how to be themselves. He encouraged students not to be influenced by others and the media, to always be true to your values and beliefs. Drew’s favorite part of the day was the street marketing event that showed how “Big Tobacco” targets youth and how the youth learned to fight back.

Other members who attended the summit were Cassie Johnson and Isabel Neeley. Cassie is a junior at Van Buren High School and this was her third year to attend the summit. Even though the summit was much different this year than years past she brought home some good information. She enjoyed the skits performed and thinks they are something they could use for their peers. What Cassie liked the most about the day was sitting down with the members from her county and planning what the groups goals would be for the year. At the end of the day the youth participated in a street marketing event with water balloons that was a lot of fun.

Isabel Neeley is a freshman at Van Buren High School and this was her first time attending the summit. Isabel had a lot of fun and learned a lot of interesting things to bring back to the other members. She really liked the fashion show, the cooking show and the street marketing event. Her favorite part of the day was when they did the group dance.

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